Cyber security for ships is entering a practical stage, including the IMO's MSC resolution encouraging administrations to ensure that cyber risks are appropriately addressed in existing safety management systems, no later than the first annual verification of the company’s Document of Compliance after 1 January 2021.

At the same time, consideration of more high level countermeasures envisaging the future of autonomous ships is also required of the industry.

To date, ClassNK has issued various related guidelines in order to support the industry with cyber security, including ClassNK Cyber Security Approach (February 2019), Guidelines for Designing Cyber Security Onboard Ships (February), Cyber Security Management System for Ships (March), as well as Guidelines for Software Security (June).

To efficiently and swiftly carry out certification services based on these standards, ClassNK established its cross-sectional cyber security project team made up of ship and security experts of the Society.

The establishing of this team will enable the Society to provide better and faster cyber security services in response to the expanding needs of clients including cyber security class notation for ships, ship/company management system certification and more.