Posted on Feb 06, 2018
ABS was invited to attend the Intelligent Shipping Forum, where Eric Kleess, ABS Greater China Division President, addressed cyber safety and big data application on February 2 in Shanghai.
As one of the key issues facing the industry today, the trend toward an increasingly software-intensive world is impacting the marine and offshore business at high speed.
“The main challenge we face though, is that in our industry, not all users of new technology understand the way the software they are using was built, how it operates, what happens when it fails and their options to mitigate the damage,” Kleess said during his speech.
According to Kleess, changes going on in the industry make this a very exciting time to be working with our clients. With the expansion of the regulatory environment, ABS is extending services to include verification of compliance with regulations on new topics such as cybersecurity. At the same time, advances in sensor and inspection technologies such as remote monitoring are making ABS’ job broader.
Kleess emphasized as information technologies extend into the operational spaces, and operational data is used in the corporate domain, it’s important the Information Technology and Operational Technology groups work together and address shared risk cooperatively.
To tackle the challenges, ABS has developed the ABS CyberSafety® Program, a tailored, modular and measurable process that can guide clients in the cybersecurity journey and evolve over time as threats and technologies change.
“ABS CyberSafety is a unique, stepwise approach with an optional notation, moving from a set of basic procedures covering policies, procedures and governance to a detailed capability and risk-based program,” said Kleess.
Organized by COSCO Shipping Technology Co. Ltd., and Shanghai Ship and Shipping Research Institute (SSSRI), the forum attracted more than 200 representatives from the shipping industry. ABS was the only classification society to present at the forum. Keynote speakers from Huawei, Deloitte China, SSSRI, COSCO Shipping Technology Co., and IBM also shared their insights on intelligent shipping.