For months now, Gnostech’s blog has discussed topics related to cybersecurity concerns and the maritime industry. This issue needs to be on the radar of every maritime related organization and stakeholder. Cyber threats are very real, and the consequences of a hugely successful cyberattack in the maritime industry would be disastrous. Just imagine the implications of a cyberattack on a major port facility.
This industry has become more technology reliant and automated, dramatically increasing the likelihood of security breaches to positioning systems, ECDIS, and engine control/monitoring systems, just to name a few. One of the most proactive steps a company can take to reduce exploitation from cyber threats is to patch published vulnerabilities in software and systems in a timely matter. How important? About 99% of all cybersecurity breaches are from known vulnerabilities and about 90% of these breaches have patches available containing the required security fixes.
Patch management is one of the most important cyber risk management procedures for organizations. Awareness of the risk of frequently discovered vulnerabilities and availability of patches to remediate them is at the heart of network security. Patches can help to prevent network hacks, malware infections, and even simple human error. Why is this relevant to the maritime industry? 43% of seafarers have reported sailing on a vessel that became infected by a virus or malware.
Applying published software patches and updates is vital to remediating system vulnerabilities, but there is a complexity to applying patches for maritime organizations. It is typically more complicated in the maritime industry due to distribution, remote access and limited bandwidth available as well as poorly trained end-users operating these technologies. Many organizations simply are not applying published software patches and updates, and they are at greater risk for a system breach. It is not a matter of how it will happen, but when. However, Gnostech can ease these challenges for maritime organizations with VulnX, an automated vulnerability management and remediation tool.
What is VulnX? Here are the highlights:
- Automated, cloud-based solution that deploys published patches and remediates software and system vulnerabilities
- Secures systems against cyberattacks without interference to mission critical operations
- Applies select patches and upgrades to specific across assets and facilities
- Allows you to easily review and assess your organization’s security posture and compliance levels
- Customizable solution to meet specific organizational needs and requirements
- Designed for use in the maritime industry and environment
Interested in learning more? Gnostech is exhibiting at Oceanology International North America this week, February 14-16, in San Diego. Stop by our booth at C46 to view a demo of VulnX and learn how to mitigate maritime cyber risk.
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