Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and ClassNK have signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) to establish a framework for cooperation in cyber security research activities.
ith the signing of the MOU, the two parties will carry out joint basic research concerning establishing vessels’ cyber security operation centers that provide crew members with support from onshore in monitoring and responding to cyber events onboard.
The two partners will also work on drafting a joint white paper on the finding of the research and developing education and training plans of personnel to work for vessels’ cyber security operation centers jointly.
Commenting on the collaboration, Michael Phoon, Executive Director of Singapore Shipping Association said that “many shipping companies are focused on providing better welfare onboard for their seafarers, such as internet connectivity for them to stay in touch with their family and friends. That means, the ability of onshore personnel to gain access to decisive and strategic cyber threat intelligence and insights is critical.”
Recognizing that cyber security is the challenge that should be tackled with the collaborative approach of the industry, ClassNK firmly believes international frameworks can commit to helping the industry in raising awareness and studying the real-world risks
Capt. Naoki Saito, General Manager of Maritime Education and Training Certification Department, ClassNK, added.