Naval Dome, an Israel-based maritime cyber defence solution provider, is making efforts to establish a deeper understanding and openness to the theat maritime faces from cyber attacks by cooperating with system manufacturers and regulators in creating new maritime cyber standards.
Itai Sela, CEO of Naval Dome, reckons cyber attacks are now a constant threat to the maritime industry, especially against critical systems onboard vessels, including offline systems, and systems that connect them.
“Most of these systems have no mechanism of cyber defence,” Sela says, warning that an attack on these systems can happen without the crew being aware, impacting decision making due to false data being presented on screen, which could lead to ship collisions, environmental damage and loss of lives.
“The shipping industry awareness is at the beginning, but the implementation rate is not at pace with the evolving threats,” Sela says, adding that neither the insurance companies nor the P&I clubs have developed products that can help with this growing threat.
Sela is aware of important attacks that have occurred during the last several months targeting leading global companies, which were not published and therefore do not allow thorough investigations and lesson-learning enabling the industry to defend itself.
“There are almost no reports of cyber attacks of critical systems onboard vessels, and this lack of transparency makes it difficult to understand the severity of the situation and learn from it,” Sela says.
Naval Dome’s product is a multilayered cyber defence system that was designed uniquely for maritime PC based systems, and can be installed on existing systems onboard and does not require upgrading the vessel’s systems. The defense system detects and then alerts the vessel and its HQ and protects it from cyber attacks.
According to Sela, currently there are several very basic standards and some voluntary type approvals for maritime cyber. The company has signed an MOU with Lloyd’s Register to establish standards and guidelines for maritime cyber defence and has offered its knowledge to regulators, manufacturers and insurance companies to raise the level of awareness and establish a knowledge-basis to combine between the cyber and maritime worlds.
“Naval Dome’s medium-term goals are to establish a deeper understanding and openness to the maritime cyber threats, to cooperate with system manufacturers and regulators in creating new maritime cyber standards; and to increase the number of clients in the global leading fleets,” Sela concludes.