ClassNK helps MTS combat cyber risks

ClassNK is the first classification society to join the MTS-ISAC Photo: ClassNKClassNK is the first classification society to join the MTS-ISAC Photo: ClassNK

ClassNK has joined the Maritime Transportation System Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MTS-ISAC) in a bid to strengthen vessel and shoreside cyber risk management.

ClassNK is the first classification society and the first non-US organisation to formally join the MTS-ISAC, helping broaden the reach of the MTS-ISAC’s efforts to support the maritime community.

“By joining the MTS-ISAC, we will have increased visibility to current, real-world examples of cyber threats targeting MTS stakeholders,” explained Hirofumi Takano, executive vice president at ClassNK.

“This provides us an opportunity to reinforce how, and periodically update, ClassNK’s Cyber Security standards to provide our stakeholders with the latest security recommendations to protect their assets from cyber threats,” he added.

The MTS-ISAC, which was formed in February of this year, has seen rapid adoption of its cybersecurity information sharing services and has produced a number of advisories sourced from member shared information.

“We are excited that ClassNK is bringing a proactive, classification society perspective into the MTS-ISAC community,” added Scott Dickerson, the MTS-ISAC’s executive director. “The MTS community’s resiliency is improved when we can quickly address cyber risks with meaningful cybersecurity controls.”

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