ABS and Sembcorp Marine Pioneer Cyber Security Standard for New Vessels

Laxman Pai
Thursday, November 15, 2018

The global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries ABS awarded a Cyber Security-Ready (CS-Ready) Notation to a Sembcorp Marine jack-up drilling rig built to its proprietary Pacific Class 400 design.  

ABS said in a release that the first-of-its-kind issued to an offshore facility, the CS-Ready Notation facilitates new assets in achieving full ABS Cyber Security Notations. Sembcorp Marine supported Notation development providing ABS with a test-bed and user-feedback.

“Leveraging the ABS FCI Cyber Risk model in applying the CS-Ready Notation means valuable offshore assets are already down the road towards a robust degree of protection on delivery,” said ABS Chief Digital Officer Howard Fireman. “As a global leader in marine cyber security, ABS is pleased to work with Sembcorp Marine to ensure the next generation of offshore assets is better equipped to address growing cyber risk levels.”

ABS’ industry leading FCI Cyber Risk model quantifies cyber risk, enumerating three constructs, Functions (critical systems such as navigation and propulsion), Connections (digital networks connecting functions), and Identities (people or devices accessing connections). The CS-Ready Notation requires that functions and connections are properly characterized so the owner can control access to connections and systems.

“Sembcorp Marine is very proud to be the first company to achieve the ABS CS-Ready Notation on an offshore asset,” said Sembcorp Marine Vice President and Head of Research and Development, Mr. Simon Kuik. “We can now to help our customers achieve an enhanced degree of cyber security in their assets. We are mindful that ensuring our products’ cyber safety is a continuous process and we need to constantly raise our standards to protect against more complex and sophisticated attacks. In this regard, we look forward to achieving the next level of the ABS Cyber Security Notation.”

ABS cyber security specialists investigated the cyber-readiness of the critical control systems onboard the Pacific Class 400 jack-up rig, including drilling control systems, electrical power generating and distribution system, vessel management systems, and safety critical systems such as fire detection.

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