Mobile training app for crew and intelligent endpoint security for onboard computers strengthen Inmarsat’s Fleet Secure portfolio of products
15 November 2018: Inmarsat has introduced two new components to its maritime cyber security service, Fleet Secure, as it continues to develop solutions that combat ever-increasing cyber threats faced by ship owners and ship managers.
Vessel operators will benefit from a powerful, multi-layered endpoint security solution, Fleet Secure Endpoint, which is based on industry leading technology from ESET, a world leader in digital security, and powered by Port-IT and protects desktop computers and other systems connected to a vessel’s network.
Fleet Secure Endpoint has been developed to remove infections and thwart hackers before damage occurs to onboard endpoints and connected systems. The solution will be available for commercial use from January 2019 and is compatible across Inmarsat’s maritime portfolio of services, including Fleet Xpress, FleetBroadband and Fleet One. It also complements the resilience of Inmarsat’s own satellite and ground network enabling consistent cybersecurity standards to be maintained.
Peter Broadhurst, SVP of Safety and Security for Inmarsat Maritime said: “It is a priority for every fleet operator and ship manager – shore-side and at sea – to ensure their systems are properly protected. As this enhancement to Fleet Secure demonstrates, Inmarsat is constantly monitoring the ever changing cyber security landscape and devising new tools and approaches for addressing potential problems; ensuring that ships and their crew remain safe –physically and virtually.”
Inmarsat has also launched a training app for mobile devices, Fleet Secure Cyber Awareness. This enables seafarers to educate themselves on the tactics that cyber criminals might employ in attempting to infiltrate a company’s IT infrastructure.
Addressing the human element is essential to maintaining a strong security posture, says Mr Broadhurst: “Many attempts to gain unauthorised access to IT infrastructure require some sort of activation by an end-user in order to infect a system and cause further damage. These attacks are often heavily disguised so as to trick and manipulate end-users into unwittingly granting permission.
“However, there are nearly always tell-tale signs that, if spotted in time, would prevent escalation. Crew education is therefore an indispensable component in realising a well-rounded security strategy and the reason behind teaming up with Stapleton International and Marine Learning Alliance to launch our Fleet Secure Cyber Awareness module.”
Fleet Secure Endpoint is powered by Port-IT who has fine-tuned ESET Endpoint Security, an award-winning cyber-resilience solution, which, by employing machine learning to detect unusual or suspicious behaviour, is engineered to defend against known and unknown threats at any point in the malware lifecycle.
In addition, ship owners and managers benefit from services such as two-way firewall, protection against botnets, built-in ransomware prevention, web-based remote monitoring of network traffic (with granular reporting down to individual PC), as well as proven anti-spyware and anti-phishing tools and support for virtualisation.
Fleet Secure Cyber Awareness delivers seafarers with effective cyber security training aimed at preventing threats from escalating into full-blown cyber-attacks.
Available through Google Play and Apple’s App Store, the app can be downloaded and installed on seafarers’ smartphones or tablet devices before they join a ship. It was purposely designed in partnership with Stapleton International, the University of Sunderland and the Marine Learning Alliance to be self-contained and work offline, removing the need to consume vessel bandwidth.
The app comprises three core modules that enlighten seafarers to digital threats from different perspectives. The first educates on cyber threats that involve taking advantage of personal information; the second focuses on cyber threats that exploit weaknesses in IT devices; while the third covers the physical and human dimension of more sophisticated cyber-attacks. In addition to the detailed training materials, the app includes a competency test to help seafarers consolidate and assess their understanding of the issue. On successful completion of the test seafarers will be eligible for CPD credits from IMarEST and a University certificate of completion.
Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s best global portfolio of satellite networks, specifically designed for customer mobility, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. Inmarsat’s long established global distribution network includes not only the world’s leading channel partners but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling end to end customer service assurance. The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for almost 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners. Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government and Aviation satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high quality partner to its customers across the globe.
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