The new suite of services and training solutions for MTSA-regulated facilities address the cyber risk management guidelines noted in the U.S. Coast Guard's recently issued Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-20.

Therefore, to assist the shipping industry, ABS will collaborate with maritime facilities to conduct remote or in-person assessments and develop a roadmap for integrating cyber security into existing policies and procedures, as required by 33 CFR parts 105 and 106.

ABS provides a Facility Security Officer training course, which explains the USCG's guidance and is in line with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cyber Security Framework as a best practice for establishing a cyber security program within an MTSA-regulated facility.

In reference to the cyber training, Ian Bramson, Global Head of Cyber Security at ABS Group commented that

More emphasis is being placed on the protection of critical information infrastructure within facilities and building comprehensive risk controls for cyber resilience to defend maritime assets.

Recently, ABS launched its cyber risk management guidelines, which will help the industry understand how to keep up with IMO's guidelines, which will come into force by January 2021, and implement a strong cyber security environment that will address enterprise and ship level cyber controls as identified in the IMO guidance.