Inmarsat enhances cyber security offering for maritime industry21 November 2018

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Global, mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat has introduced two new components to its maritime cyber security service, Fleet Secure, as it continues to develop solutions that combat ever-increasing cyber threats.

Fleet Secure Endpoint, which is based on industry technology from ESET, has been developed to remove infections and thwart hackers before damage occurs to onboard endpoints and connected systems. The solution is compatible across Inmarsat’s maritime portfolio of services, including Fleet Xpress, FleetBroadband and Fleet One, and will be available for commercial use from January 2019.

Says Inmarsat Maritime SVP of Safety and Security Peter Broadhurst: “It is a priority for every fleet operator and ship manager – shore-side and at sea – to ensure their systems are properly protected.

“As this enhancement to Fleet Secure demonstrates, Inmarsat is constantly monitoring the ever-changing cyber security landscape and devising new tools and approaches for addressing potential problems; ensuring that ships and their crew remain safe – physically and virtually.”

Inmarsat has also launched a mobile device training application called Fleet Secure Cyber Awareness that enables seafarers to educate themselves on the tactics that cyber criminals might employ to infiltrate IT infrastructure.

Adds Broadhurst: “Many attempts to gain unauthorised access to IT infrastructure require some sort of activation by an end-user in order to infect a system and cause further damage. These attacks are often heavily disguised so as to trick and manipulate end-users into unwittingly granting permission.

“However, there are nearly always tell-tale signs that, if spotted in time, would prevent escalation. Crew education is therefore an indispensable component in realising a well-rounded security strategy and the reason behind teaming up with Stapleton International and Marine Learning Alliance to launch our Fleet Secure Cyber Awareness module.”

Adam Offord

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