Lloyd’s Register has awarded Wärtsilä Marine with system-level cyber certification for the network architecture relating to the company’s integrated main and auxiliary machinery. The certification gives Approval in Principle for the entire system network, rather than individual components, and is therefore one of the first validations of this kind to be awarded globally.
As information and operational technologies on board ships are incorporated into networks, resilience against unauthorised access, software failures or attacks on ships’ systems has never been more important, Wärtsilä said in a statement. Therefore the LR certification, ShipRight SAFE AL2, is very important for the Wärtsilä Data Collection Unit which, as part of the company’s Data Bridge system, is used to gather and transfer operational data to the cloud for remote monitoring.
Data Bridge is a Wärtsilä platform that facilitates advanced data analytics to provide insight into a ship’s performance and subsequently offer the potential to raise operational and technical efficiency in future operations.
Wärtsilä’s Jonas Blomqvist, general manager, Cyber Security, Marine Business, commented: “This certification validates Wärtsilä’s work in mitigating cyber security risks with the appropriate controls in the integrated system, when collecting and sharing operational data. This takes Wärtsilä’s lifecycle offering to the next level and knowing that these systems are cyber secure provides customers with the assurance that they are safe to use.”