Ships are becoming increasingly connected and reliant on software dependent systems. Currently, the industry is challenged from a continued reliance on legacy systems combined with a generally low level of cybersecurity training among seafarers. Modern day commercialisation and business demands require increased digitalization and automation. Much of the current Maritime Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) infrastructure were not originally built to cope with the security threats that comes along. Several initiatives are being taken to aid the maritime industry in becoming more secure, one example is U.S. Coast Guard’s work on maritime specific profiles of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, another is BIMCO and others work on guidelines for cybersecurity onboard ships.
Why Choose SNOK for your maritime operations?
- No maintenance required
- Tiny footprint
- Backwards compatible
- Quick and easy to install
Maritime vessels rely on many different control systems with increasing elements of automation. Dynamic Positioning, propulsion and maneuvering systems and safety systems are examples of such systems. Currently there are strong and increasing trends towards increased digitalization driven by efficiency gains from utilizing Internet of Things and an increasing degree of autonomous operation of ships. At the same time, this opens new attack vectors for various cybersecurity attacks to compromise the vessel control systems. Passenger vessels and other types of large vessels often have a vast population of people on board posing a large risk if the vessel control systems and onboard IT systems are not sufficiently segmented, protected, and monitored at every given time.
To protect against such threats, deploying an early warning intrusion detection system that provides real time insight into your systems, is key. We have designed our SNOK™ to cover as many blind spots on your asset as possible. In addition to our interface providing the onboard personnel with real time alerts and view of system status, we also offer the SNOK™ Detection Server as a part of our SNOK™ Enterprise Solution that is placed in central Operations Centers where the cybersecurity information is aggregated across your fleet.