Industry collaboration in cybersecurity
ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland have signed a partnership agreement which will see the parties collaborate in jointly developing and delivering a cybersecurity certification scheme for the maritime industry.
This agreement builds on an earlier cooperative relationship in 2012 for wind turbine certification and in 2015 for test and product certification.
“Digital transformation is changing the way that business is conducted and offering more opportunities, while cybersecurity is an essential factor to its promotion and adoption in the maritime industry,” said Koichi Fujiwara, CEO and president, ClassNK.
“Through the new partnership, we will do everything possible to overcome the cybersecurity challenges of the industry by combining TÜV Rheinland’s abundant expertise and our society’s accumulated knowledge and experience on management systems for ship operations as well as the structure, machinery and other components of ships themselves.”
Under the agreement, ClassNK will first team up with TÜV Rheinland to work on the cybersecurity guidelines that target onboard software currently being developed by the society.
The parties said that this partnership will also bring efficient and pragmatic cybersecurity certification services to meet the maritime sector’s needs.
“We are concerned with the safety on-board vessel, compliance with regulatory requirements for cybersecurity, risk assessment and certification,” said Dr Michael Fübi , chairman, TÜV Rheinland.
“The priority for TÜV Rheinland is to continue delivering its mature cybersecurity services to maritime sector across the globe to protect shareholder investment from cyberattacks and strengthen confidence of regulators and governments.”
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