Cyber-security will come under the remit of the International Safety Management Code from 1 January 2021 and measures must be incorporated into your vessels' Safety Management Systems. Good preparation is vital!
In the aftermath of a cyber-attack, having a structured recovery plan will help you not only restore onboard systems and resume normal operations without delay but allow you to learn from the incident, take steps to prevent a repeat and protect other vessels in the fleet.
Set up an incident response team (IRT) comprising both onboard and shore-based personnel and, for complex set-ups, ready access to external experts.
Conduct regular cyber security exercises, ideally based on real-life events, to keep the response capability effective.
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