Register of Shipping (IRClass), leading classification society, in a bid to
address the cyber risks of emerging technologies that are being introduced to
the Indian maritime industry, has developed class rules based on guidelines set
by International Maritime Organization (IMO), as well as appropriate standards
such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology – US Department of
Commerce (NIST), says a release.
rise of cyber attacks on information and operational technology systems, cyber
security is critical not only for data protection but also for safe and
Chairman Mr. Arun Sharma said today: “Cyber attacks on ship’s control systems,
IT, navigational and other critical systems can result in damage or even losing
course of the ship – which can drastically affect the safety of the ship, port
facilities and marine property.”
“As the industry continues to introduce new
technologies, IRClass as a classification society, plays a significant role in
ensuring that the safety of a vessel and its crew are not compromised by such
attacks,” he added.
implementation of these rules help IRClass to identify the cyber risk issues
from as early as the design stage of the vessel. A final verification then
takes place once the vessel is built, and periodically during annual surveys. A
vessel, together with its shipping back office, that is certified for cyber
safety is one that complies to the class rules as well as additional class
A member of
International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), IRClass actively
participates in the association’s forums like ‘Cyber Systems Panel’ and ‘Joint
Working Group with Industry on Cyber Systems’ to exchange views and knowledge
on cyber risk management.
to the class rules, IRClass has also developed the first edition of ‘Cyber
Safety Guidelines for Port and Shipping Company Facilities’, a guide to
safeguarding technology systems from internal and external cyber threats. These
guidelines would help a company to identify gaps and mitigate risks and IRClass
is in a position to offer end to end solutions.