The Korean Register (KR) has awarded an Approval in Principle (AIP) to Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for their design and test procedures for implementing cyber resilience of ships and onboard systems. The AIP was presented at Gastech 2023 in Singapore. With the increasing integration and digitalization of operational technology and information technology systems, cyber threats such as hacking and ransomware are becoming a higher risk. To address this, the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) introduced unified requirements for enhancing cyber resilience of ships and onboard systems. These requirements will become mandatory for ships contracted for construction on or after January 1, 2024. KR has been working with SHI since October last year to develop design and verification methods for implementing cyber resilience based on these requirements. The AIP award recognizes the successful collaboration between KR and SHI in meeting IACS’s guidelines.
KR provided technical advice to SHI on ship cyber resilience application technology, including security functions and network design for ship operational systems. This partnership has contributed to securing the base technology for applying cyber resilience to ships built by SHI. KR aims to strengthen their technology and certification capability for ship cyber resilience to provide better service to their customers. SHI expects that the certification will enhance the security of their ships and lead marine digital technology in shipbuilding. KR has been providing company and ship certification services, type approval, and technical services for maritime cybersecurity since 2018.
This AIP award highlights the efforts of KR and SHI in developing cyber resilience for ships and onboard systems. As the integration of ICT technology in ships continues to expand, the risk of cyber threats also increases. The unified requirements introduced by IACS aim to ensure the cyber resilience of ships and minimize the impact of cyber incidents on operational safety. The collaboration between KR and SHI in developing design and verification methods for cyber resilience demonstrates their commitment to meeting these requirements and providing secure ships for the maritime industry. KR’s expertise in ship cyber resilience technology and SHI’s reputation in shipbuilding contribute to the success of this partnership. This AIP award not only recognizes their achievements but also signifies the importance of cyber resilience in the maritime sector.