The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships

Ships and shipping are vulnerable to cyber attacks so the industry joined forces and developed Guidelines on Cyber Security onboard Ships based on high-level principles:

  • establishment of awareness of the safety, security and commercial risks that present themselves due to a lack of cyber security measures
  • protection of shipboard IT infrastructure and connected equipment
  • system for authentication and authorisation of users, to ensure appropriate access to necessary information
  • protection of data that is used in the ship environment, ensuring it has adequate protection based on the sensitivity of the information
  • management of IT users, to make sure they only have access and rights to the information for which they are authorised
  • management of communication between the ship and the shore side, and
  • develop and implement a cyber incident response plan based on a risk assessment.


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