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WORRYING LACK OF CYBER PROTECTION ON SUPERYACHTS, SAYS INMARSAT

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 

Mobile satellite communication provider Inmarsat has carried out research that suggests more than 80% of superyacht professionals lack awareness about the most effective measures of cyber security.

The survey of captains, engineers and crew indicates that 67%of respondents do not have a third-party organisation in charge of their security management on-board.

Most key superyacht personnel assume that standard anti-virus software will cover all their cyber security requirements, according to new data obtained by Inmarsat in its 2019 Superyacht Connectivity Report. In light of the findings, Inmarsat is continuing its work to improve awareness about the essential technology and specific seafarers’ training required to maintain on-board security.

Inmarsat produced the report for the second year to gain insight and strengthen links with the superyacht community, in support of its Fleet Xpress service and Fleet Secure portfolio, a multi-layered cyber security solution that combines cyber awareness, network security and endpoint security.

Peter Broadhurst, SVP Yachting and Passenger, Inmarsat said: “It is not expected that everyone on-board a superyacht is a cyber security expert, so it is up to us to take the lead in this critical issue and improve cyber resilience at sea. We are committed to raising awareness of the fact that a powerful, multi-layered endpoint solution, combined with multiple asset management, monitoring options, network security and training, is essential to remove infections and threats, and maintain a secure system core. We will continue to work with superyacht professionals to provide more robust and accessible options when captains and engineers review their security management on-board.”

Key findings from the report reveal only 17% of respondents know the difference between anti-Virus software and more secure endpoint protection. In terms of on-board security management, 29% said the captain was in charge, 29% said the ETO was in charge and 8% said that that no-one oversees cyber security on-board, with only 33% confirming that a third-party organisation oversees their security.

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