ClassNK Unveils Software Security Guidelines

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

June 4, 2019

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Classification society ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Software Security which target software developers, system integrators and more.

As part of its Cyber Security Series, ClassNK regularly releases guidelines and standards that outline cyber security measures based on the recently-released ClassNK Cyber Security Approach outlining the group’s basic approach to ensuring onboard cyber security for ships.

The new guidelines, released as the third and latest part of the series, aim to assist with risk management focused on software used on board vessels. They outline the recommended security measures to take throughout the development, integration and operation stages of the software. Their release demonstrates a formulation of guidelines and standards that address each layer of the ClassNK Cyber Security Approach announced five months ago.

The Guidelines for Software Security, available to download free of charge via ClassNK’s website, were developed in collaboration with ClassNK’s partner TÜV Rheinland, a provider of testing, inspection and certification services for digital safety, cyber security and privacy.

Naoki Saito, General Manager of Maritime Education and Training Certification Team, said, “We are pleased with the rapid progress regarding cyber security we have made through our partnership in the first half of the year. Both ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland will continue to make the most of our expertise and provide cyber security related services in the maritime industry for the further safety of vessels.”

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