ABS Confirmed as Global Leader in Maritime Cyber Security at Seatrade Awards

Gary Kelly, ABS Director, receives the 2019 Seatrade Cyber Security Award. Image courtesy of Seatrade. 


(LONDON) The industry leading ABS FCI Cyber Risk™ Methodology has won the Cyber Security Award at the annual Seatrade Maritime Awards.

The Seatrade award for the ABS proprietary FCI Cyber Risk™ Methodology follows a top industry award from Smart4Sea magazine earlier this year, confirming ABS as the global leader in cyber security for the maritime and offshore industries.

“ABS remains at the forefront of safety leadership. As our safety world transforms and focuses on the systems we don’t see, such as software and digital, cyber is quickly adding a new dimension to safety systems,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO. “I am very proud to confirm that ABS continues to live its mission by leading in this new frontier and we are recognized as the industry leader.

“ABS leads the way in helping the marine and offshore industries tackle the cyber threat. No other solution makes it so straightforward for operators and owners to gain such a deep understanding of their cyber risk and the steps they can take to improve it,” said Russ Medeiros, Vice President, ABS Advanced Solutions.

ABS developed the groundbreaking new FCI Cyber Risk™ methodology to measure cyber security risk associated with operational technology, providing clients a calculated risk index for vessels, fleets and facilities. The approach quantifies cyber security risk and gives owners and operators an actionable strategy to reduce cyber risk onboard a vessel. Effectively, it places the controls for responding to cyber risks back into the hands of the asset owner.

The ABS FCI Cyber Risk™ Methodology was developed following a two-year research contract with the Maritime Security Center—a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence—led by Stevens Institute of Technology and including the US Department of Defense.

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ABS, a leading global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, is committed to setting standards for safety and excellence in design and construction. Focused on safe and practical application of advanced technologies and digital solutions, ABS works with industry and clients to develop accurate and cost-effective compliance, optimized performance and operational efficiency for marine and offshore assets.