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Shipping’s cyber readiness mixed ahead of IMO deadline

Industry preparedness for cyber threats varies. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for shipping companies seeking compliance when IMO 2021 kicks in.
High-profile cyber attacks and the impending IMO 2021 requirement for shipping to get its digital house in order have sent shipowners searching for off-the-shelf solutions. But meeting the challenge is more complex, according to a recent industry discussion.

SHIPOWNERS should look beyond mere compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s upcoming cyber requirement to protect themselves from threats.
A Bureau Veritas webinar was told the industry’s preparedness is mixed, with smaller companies still unsure what they need to do to comply. Bigger companies are further ahead than smaller ones and there is no one-size-fits all solution.

IMO2021 requires companies to cover cyber risks in their onboard safety management systems no later than their first annual Document of Compliance inspection after January 1.

OSM Maritime Group information security officer Leah Grace Del Mundo told the webinar the requirement was meant to apply to all vessels regardless of their state of digitalization. “It is generic in terms of achieving better compliance across the industry,” she said.

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