Cyber in marine

Cyber security for newbuilds

Ensuring cyber security from the design stage

The maritime industry is growing ever more connected, with the vast majority of newbuilds today being constructed with integrated, digital onboard systems. While this increased digitalization enables ship owners and managers to collect data and exchange information with their vessels, it also leaves ships vulnerable to cyber risks. 

To help ship owners protect their vessels, Bureau Veritas has developed key rules, guidelines and notations for cyber security and safety. We support clients in meeting cyber security requirements for design and construction, and ensuring compliance with guidelines for newbuilds, including IACS Recommendation 166.

Key benefits

  • Construct newbuilds that are secure by design
  • Select cyber-hardened equipment, solutions and services
  • Ensure that shipyards have implemented all relevant cyber security measures during the construction phase
  • Comply with IACS requirements for the cyber protection of newbuilds
  • Comply with mandatory IMO regulations for ship cyber security and cyber risk management

Constructing newbuilds that are secure by design

The advantage of undertaking cyber security for newbuilds is that ship owners can begin protecting their vessels from the design phase. This begins with the selection of equipment that has been hardened to resist cyber attacks, and continues through construction, where shipyards ensure the implementation of stringent cyber security rules. Bureau Veritas’ CYBER SECURE class notation incorporates the “secure by design” aspect of cyber security for newbuilds, ensuring shipyards and their suppliers have successfully protected vessels.

Following guidelines for design and construction

For newbuilds, IACS Recommendation 166 for Cyber Resilience defines a set of cyber security requirements for design and construction. Bureau Veritas helps ship owners and shipyards comply with this recommendation, performing functional, technical and testing verification for interconnected onboard and onshore systems and equipment. We do this by collaborating with cyber security experts from recently acquired company Secura, which provides security testing, audits, training and certification.

Achieving compliance with cyber security regulations

As of January 2021, newbuilds are subject to IMO Resolution MSC.428 (98), which requires ships to account for cyber risk management in their safety management systems. Bureau Veritas helps vessel owners and shipyards achieve compliance, supporting them in the development and implementation of an adapted and effective cyber risk management.