ABS Chairman Delivers Keynote Address at Coast Guard Foundation Awards Dinner

(San Francisco, CA) ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki addressed the Coast Guard Foundation at the 2016 Pacific Area Awards Dinner in San Francisco on Friday, 23 September, as a keynote speaker. Expressing pride in the long, shared history between the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and ABS, Wiernicki recognized USCG leadership in cyber security as a regulatory agency and described how cyber security has been expanded to a holistic safety approach at ABS.

“In surveying our clients, ABS confirmed that cyber as a safety issue is among their top concerns,” Wiernicki said. “That prompted our expansion of the ABS CyberSafety™ program, which is the industry’s first risk-based management program with actionable best practice approaches to four key cyber areas, including cyber security, automated systems safety, data integrity and software verification.” With this extensive program, he said, “We are defining the absolute value of safety.”

ABS helps organizations build and assess ship-to-shore cyber management capabilities by developing practical guidelines including Guidance Notes, Guides with optional notations, and Advisories to address the issue of cyber threats to ships and offshore assets as well as shore-based facilities. “ABS is continuously focused on the next generation of safety systems that extends well beyond the hardware,” he said.

Wiernicki concluded with a commitment on the part of ABS to continue working with the USCG to help the maritime industry develop cyber resilience and to move cyber security and cybersafety forward, calling it a “shared responsibility.”

ABS understands the value in this collaboration, Wiernicki said. “When we work together to secure our systems – whether on land or at sea – the more secure future we’ll see, and the safer we’ll all be.” The clear objective, he said, is a greater degree of safety.


About Coast Guard Foundation

For 45 years, the Coast Guard Foundation has been committed to inspiring leadership, education and a proud legacy of service to our nation by supporting the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. The Foundation provides college scholarships to enlisted members, their spouses and their children, scholarships and support for families of Coast Guard members lost in the line of duty, and support for morale programs, including funding recreation, exercise and family-oriented facilities. The Coast Guard Foundation is headquartered in Stonington, Connecticut, where it maintains a staff of 13, with regional offices in the New York City area and St. Petersburg, Florida. To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation or to help support its work, please visit www.coastguardfoundation.org.


About ABS

Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading international classification organization devoted to promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine and offshore assets.