Inmarsat beefs up cyber security tools

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche
ShipInsight

16 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.

The first is a multi-layered endpoint security solution, Fleet Secure Endpoint, which is based on 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.

Addressing the human element is essential to maintaining a strong security posture and for this reason Inmarsat has also launched a training app for mobile devices, Fleet Secure Cyber Awareness. 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. The app enables seafarers to educate themselves on the tactics that cyber criminals might employ in attempting to infiltrate a company’s IT infrastructure.

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. 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.”