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ABS launches cyber security guidance notes

By  AOG Staff Thursday, 04 February 2016 02:05
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ABS has published guidance notes on the application of cybersecurity principles to offshore and marine operations.

This cybersecurity guidance note is the first volume in the ABS CyberSafety series, and provides best practices for cybersecurity as a foundational element of overall safety and security within and across the marine and offshore industries.

 The ABS CyberSafety series is a risk-based management program for asset owners to apply best practice approaches to four key cyber areas, namely cybersecurity, automated systems safety, data management and software assurance.

The program defines a scalable approach that can be applied to a single component up to a multi-system suite of assets. It also can be used with industry regulatory mechanisms within or external to the marine and offshore industries to achieve sustainable, measurable and secure asset condition.

 “Safety and protection are fundamental to ABS, and the cybersecurity guidance note is the first step toward developing a holistic and sustainable cybersecurity strategy,” said ABS chairman, president and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki.

“As automation has permeated vessel and onshore systems, it is more critical than ever that we provide the most comprehensive guidance to help asset owners, vendors, operators, crews and regulators develop a sustainable and measurable methodology for approaching cybersecurity and cyber-related safety concerns.”

The group’s chief technology officer Howard Fireman said the ABS CyberSafety program provides a novel approach to address cyber-enabled systems protection in an extended set of engineering processes that emphasizes human and systems safety.

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