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Hong Kong's Neptune Cyber launches safety tool in line with UN rule

HONG KONG's Neptune Cyber, a computer security firm, has launched an online tool to ensure that marine operators stay ahead of new cyber risk regulations that take effect in January

09 July 2020 - 19:00

HONG KONG's Neptune Cyber, a computer security firm, has launched an online tool to ensure that marine operators stay ahead of new cyber risk regulations that take effect in January.

The online 'MV Neptune Cyber' ship, powered by creative agency VisMedia, allows visitors to go on a virtual exploration of a vessel and understand potential cyber risks.



In June 2017, the UN's International Maritime Organisation laid out its 'Guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management'. Shipowners and managers now have until January 1, 2021 to build cyber risk management into their ship safety initiatives - or risk having their ships detained, said the press release.



Ships and other maritime vessels have become highly connected and dependent on computer systems. IT and OT systems on many vessels are vulnerable to compromise, which has already led to a number of highly expensive cyber incidents, it said.



'Our quick-start guide includes clear action steps to help you prepare for the new IMO regulations. Depending on the complexity of your vessel more steps may be needed to adequately protect against cyber attacks,' said Neptune Cyber CEO Gwilym Lewis.



'Cyber security is often seen as a dark art that's difficult to understand, particularly in the marine sector. Our tool is designed to address this and uses our extensive industry knowledge to highlight potential risks in a clear and easy way,' he said.



'This will particularly help owners, operators and non-technical people in the sector understand their cyber risks more clearly and start to know how to mitigate them,' Mr Lewis said.


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