Legal and professional services firm Ince has announced the launch of a specialized cybersecurity solution in collaboration with Mission Secure, an operational technology (OT) cybersecurity company. The company marks the development, by the new company InceMaritime, of a first integrated offer of legal advice, business advice and technology for the maritime sector.
Starting with cybersecurity, during 2021 InceMaritime plans to launch additional managed service solutions in key areas for the maritime industry. This comes at a crucial time of unprecedented change and regulatory transformation for businesses in the maritime industry.
The launch of InceMaritime is based on an understanding of the growing complexity of the maritime industry and the need to provide fully integrated and holistic solutions that enable organizations to respond to the challenges facing the sector. This requires collaboration between industrial partners with specialized expertise and the creation of transparent ecosystems capable of protecting ship owners and operators and helping them thrive in a changing market.
InceMaritime will provide customers with a fully integrated cybersecurity offering that protects OT networks on land and on board ships, protects operations and ensures compliance and business continuity.
The joint proposal includes:
- A comprehensive audit of a company’s existing policies to ensure compliance with the new ISM Code for Cyber Security Guidelines (IMO 2021).
- The implementation of the patented Mission Secure platform, the first integrated platform designed for OT cyber protection, designed to strengthen networks of vessel control systems against cyber threats.
- The deployment of Mission Secure Managed Services, providing cybersecurity monitoring, threat research and incident support 24/7 to ensure continued vessel resilience for vessel owners and managers. ships.
- Legal and crisis management services in the event of a cyber attack.
The launch of Ince and Mission Secure’s cybersecurity offering comes at a critical time for the industry. From January 1, 2021, all vessel owners and managers must ensure that cybersecurity risk management systems and management are integrated into vessel safety management systems (SMS) as of date of the next annual audit of the SMS. This requirement to be verified is mandated by IMO and enforced by Port State Control.
Commenting on the announcement, Julian Clark, Global Senior Partner at Ince, said: “Cyber security is one of the biggest challenges in the industry. The threat level and sophistication of hackers is increasing every day, so many shipping companies do not fully appreciate the seriousness of the problem they are facing. The combination of the new IMO requirement and the devastating impact a cyber attack can have on their operations creates another burden for those engaged in the operation of ships. In such an ever-changing risk scenario, who can an owner / operator turn to for a cost effective and reliable solution? Our cooperation with Mission Secure brings together all the essentials an organization needs to fully protect itself – from compliance to the implementation of advanced technologies – into one combined offering. “
“The maritime industry is changing and becoming more and more complex. The launch of InceMaritime responds to this and provides a viable, proactive and loss prevention solution for the market. We want to provide both advice and action, where we will collaborate and bring in specialist experts, like Mission Secure, to provide clients with the best possible solution to help them meet industry challenges, drive growth and thrive. “
Rick Tiene, Vice President of Mission Secure, said: “There have been a number of high profile cyber attacks recently within the shipping industry which highlight the impact on operations and the high financial cost incurred. Cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated day by day and organizations are struggling to meet the security challenge. Of most concern is the fact that even if they comply with the latest IMO regulations as well as other industry cybersecurity guidelines, the reality is that they will not be adequately protected, especially against OT cyber attacks. Shipowners and ship managers need to go beyond basic compliance and move away from a tick-mark approach to cybersecurity. By partnering with Ince, we can provide customers with a complete cybersecurity solution that not only ensures compliance, but uses the very latest cutting-edge, military-grade technology to provide the continuous protection needed.