DNV GL has announced the release of its first class notations to help vessel owners and operators protect their ships from cyber security threats.
The new notations have three different qualifiers: “Basic”, “Advanced” and “+”. Basic is primarily intended for ships in operation, while Advanced has been designed to be applied throughout the newbuilding process, with requirements for asset owners and operators, ship yards and equipment manufacturers.
The Basic and Advanced qualifiers cover a number of essential systems, including propulsion, steering, navigation and power generation.
The third qualifier, +, is intended for systems that are not part of the default scope of Basic or Advanced. This gives owners and operators the ability to identify threats, assess and secure extra systems which are crucial to their specific operations.
“Whether in machinery, navigation or communication systems, programmable control systems are a longstanding and essential part of ships and offshore units, but the increasing integration and connectivity of these systems represents an ever-larger target for cyber-security threats,” says Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime.
“As all programmable components are theoretically vulnerable to cyber security threats we have set out, with the new Cyber secure class notations, to offer owners and operators a framework to improve and demonstrate their cyber resilience.”
The new notations will be published on the DNV GL rules page on 1 July.