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Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Inmarsat has introduced two new components to its maritime cyber security service, Fleet Secure. Vessel operators will benefit from a multi-layered endpoint security solution, Fleet Secure Endpoint, while a training app for mobile devices, Fleet Secure Cyber Awareness, enables seafarers to educate themselves on the tactics that cyber criminals might employ.

Fleet Secure Endpoint is based on technology from ESET, a leader in digital security, and powered by Port-IT. It protects desktop computers and other systems connected to a vessel’s network, being 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 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 (pictured) 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.”

Concerning the mobile app, which addresses the human element i order to help maintain a strong security posture, Broadhurst said: “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.”

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