MAN introduces cybersecurity system

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The digital solution will first be used aboard commercial vessels.

The digital solution will first be used aboard commercial vessels.

MAN PrimeServ, the aftermarket sales division of diesel engine manufacturer MAN, announced a digital addition to its retrofit offerings. According to a statement, MAN EngineVault is designed to prepare ship operators for developments in cybersecurity. It is expected that IMO, SIRE and SOLAS are expected to introduce guidelines addressing the issue in 2021.

MAN EngineVault protects engines, machinery, auxiliary systems, instruments and controls from online and physical cyberattacks. It combines software and hardware to provide firewall protection, whitelisting and application-layer protection that seals engine networks from threats, including on-board attacks via compromised USB flash drives and other media.

“Data is shaping the future of shipping,” Michael Petersen, vice president and head of PrimeServ Copenhagen,” said in a statement. “We realize that the increase in digitization and network-based systems also increases vulnerability for cyberattacks that can potentially paralyze entire businesses.”

MAN said it has successfully trialed EngineVault aboard the LPG tanker Adriatic Gas.

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