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IACS adopts new requirements on cyber safety

News & Insights 29 April 2022

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​The club previously published a news item on the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) recommendation on cyber resilient ships. On 21 April 2022, IACS adopted two new Unified Requirements (URs) on the cyber...

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​The club previously published a news item on the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) recommendation on cyber resilient ships. On 21 April 2022, IACS adopted two new Unified Requirements (URs) on the cyber resilience of ships.

UR E26 aims to ensure the secure integration of both Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) equipment into the vessel’s network during the design, construction, commissioning, and operational life of the ship. This UR targets the ship as a collective entity for cyber resilience and covers five key aspects: equipment identification, protection, attack detection, response, and recovery.

UR E27 aims to ensure system integrity is secured and hardened by third-party equipment suppliers. This UR provides requirements for cyber resilience of onboard systems and equipment and provides additional requirements relating to the interface between users and computer-based systems onboard, as well as product design and development requirements for new devices before their implementation onboard ships.

These URs will be applied to new ships contracted for construction on and after 1 January 2024, though they may be applied in the interim as non-mandatory guidance.

Members are also recommended to refer to club’s cyber risk management guidelines, and ensure cyber risks are appropriately addressed in their safety management system (SMS).

Categories: Cyber Security, Loss Prevention

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