The clock is ticking for compliance with IMO’s 2021 cyber security regulations

The 1 January 2021 deadline is fast approaching for marine and offshore organisations to implement the necessary cyber security measures required by the IMO. Karen Bolton explains what actions need to be taken.

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Maritime organisations have long focused on safety and the management of risks, however, bringing cyber threats into play can often be challenging as these are usually harder to quantify, understand and relate to the physical world. Some lessons can be brought across from other industries and frameworks, including that of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which can be very helpful in aligning thinking and practice to cyber risks. But there are unique considerations that need to be factored in when applying a robust risk management process to cyber risks within marine and offshore organisations.


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