CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE STUDI CONTAINERS
ANNO XXXVIII - Numero MARZO 2020
DCSA RELEASES CYBER-SECURITY GUIDE
The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), a non-profit
group of nine major ocean freight carriers, has rolled out its cyber
security guidance to prepare shipowners and vessels for the
International Maritime Organization's pending cyber security
The best practices outlined by DCSA provide all shipping
companies with a common language and a manageable, task-based
approach for meeting the IMO's January 2021 implementation
timeframe, DCSA said in a statement.
IMO's Resolution MSC.428(98) on Maritime Cyber Risk Management
in Safety Management Systems was adopted in 2017 to ensure that
vessels' cyber risks are appropriately addressed in existing safety
The guidelines provide high-level recommendations related to
maritime cyber risk management in order to protect vessel's against
current and emerging cyber threats and vulnerabilities. The deadline
for its implementation is set for January 2021.
The guide aligns with existing BIMCO and NIST (US National
Institute of Standards and Technology) cyber risk management
frameworks, enabling shipowners to effectively incorporate cyber
risk management into their existing Safety Management Systems (SMS).
The DCSA guide gives shipowners the tools they need to help
designated technical crew members mitigate the risk of cyber attack,
or contain damage (fail safe) and recover in the event of an attack.
"As shipping catches up with other industries such as
banking and telco in terms of digitization, the need for cyber risk
management becomes an imperative," said Thomas Bagge, CEO,
Thomas added: "Due to the global economic dependence on
shipping and the complex interconnectedness of shipping logistics,
cyber attacks such as malware, denial of service, and system hacks
can not only disrupt one carrier's revenue stream, they can have a
significant impact on the global economy. As a neutral digital
standards organization, DCSA is uniquely positioned to help vessel
owners mitigate the increasing risk of cyberattack on their ships,
and in turn, on the industry at large."
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