Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships published

The fourth edition of the industry cyber risk management guidelines, developed with the support of SYBAss, has been published by the Industry Cyber Security Working Group under the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The fourth edition of the industry cyber risk management guidelines, Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships, is now available to assist with the development of a proper cyber risk management strategy in accordance with relevant regulations set by IMO.

In 2017, IMO adopted resolution MSC.428(98) which stated that an approved safety management system should consider cyber risk management in accordance with the objectives and functional requirements of the International Safety Management Code. The guidelines serve as a useful tool to ensure that cyber risks are appropriately addressed in safety management systems and comply with IMO requirements.

“Cyber security is relevant to the entire superyacht industry. Superyachts, as well as the wider maritime industry, can be attractive targets for cyber criminals,” explained Lorenzo Pollicardo, SYBAss’ technical and environmental director. “As the complexity of superyachts increase, the demand for greater connectivity and system integrations also increases. Cyber security resilience is key to safely realising the benefits of digital shipping while also protecting our vessels.”

SYBAss and its members played an important role in the development of the guidelines. Not only was SYBAss part of the IMO working group tasked with the revision of the document, but its member shipyards also provided critical feedback and input to ensure that the guidelines were fit for purpose and took into account the unique needs of the superyacht industry.

Download the fourth edition of the Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships below.