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THE ABS CYBERSAFETY® PROGRAM

ABS continues to lead marine and offshore innovation. In a constantly evolving industry, ABS works alongside its partners tackling the most pressing technical, operational and regulatory challenges so that the marine and offshore industries operate safely, securely and responsibly.

With the ABS CyberSafety® program, shipowners and shipyards, designers, vendors and ship managers have the tools and knowledge needed to help mitigate risks connected to cybersecurity, software quality and data integrity. The ABS CyberSafety program includes:

  • A review of the Operational Technologies (OT) and Information Technologies (IT) onboard an asset
  • A review of owner/operator cyber capabilities
  • An assessment of cyber risks
  • A management system audit
  • A software systems review

Final testing and verification will be made for each asset through initial survey on board and annual renewal surveys.

In addition to certification of compliance, a private classification notation can be provided that indicates the level of cyber preparedness of the owners, operators, people, processes, procedures and vessels/assets.

The ABS program defines a scalable approach that can be applied to a single component or an entire system. The program also can be used with industry regulatory mechanisms to the marine and offshore industries to achieve a sustainable, measurable and secure asset condition.  

ABS continues its work with industry partners, IACS and the U.S. Coast Guard to develop products that will assist in assessing and implementing effective cybersecurity in information and operational technologies.  

SOFTWARE QUALITY

The ABS CyberSafety program may require a software systems review. The benefit to the owner and crew is an increased level of confidence in software reliability with the goals of increasing safety, decreasing commissioning time, decreasing downtime and reducing the risk of software related incidents. The review is an assessment of compliance with criteria that enhance the robustness of the industrial control software and will maximize capabilities against cyber threats.

ABS has compiled several industry standards: 

Together these standards provide methods to validate the integration of multiple vendors and systems and enable assessment for new construction, modifications, retrofits and upgrades to existing vessels. Industry best practices for Type Approval of related software are detailed in the Guidance Notes for Software Provider Conformity Program.

DATA INTEGRITY

System and data protection measures contribute to data integrity and reliability and this is especially important for integrated systems (e.g., vehicles) and sensor networks tied to decision aids (Internet of Things). Safety decisions require secure systems that lend confidence to data integrity. Transmission security, secure storage and quality of service all contribute to the security and value of data. Verification of system security will remove uncertainty in operations, while giving reliability to compliance reports dependent on company data.

ABS has developed the Guidance Notes on Data Integrity for Marine and Offshore Operations to help owners and builders alike appreciate this step-change in technology.

 

 

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