Inmarsat Combats Rise in Maritime Cybercrime with Fleet Secure Unified Threat Management


Inmarsat Maritime positions itself as a single provider of ship cybersecurity solutions

Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, has launched Fleet Secure Unified Threat Management (UTM), as a standard option of Inmarsat’s award-winning Fleet Xpress service, protecting vessel networks from cyberattacks.

Fleet Secure UTM complements a portfolio of Inmarsat cybersecurity solutions for shipowners, which includes Fleet Secure Endpoint and Fleet Secure Cyber ​​Awareness Training. Developed in partnership with maritime cybersecurity specialist Port-IT, the resilience of Fleet Secure UTM protection is based on its consolidation of multiple network security tools into a single application.

As cyberattacks against global businesses increase by 40% in 2021*, Inmarsat reports a tripling of data used by the average commercial vessel since the onset of Covid-19. This growth reflects an additional demand for crew connectivity, but also an increasing use of data to monitor vessel performance, optimize decision-making and support predictive maintenance.

The result is a growing ship network “surface” for attacks that provides a pathway to shipboard control systems. Cyber ​​threats are also evolving rapidly, as cybercriminals develop malicious code to detect new weaknesses. Successful attacks threaten vessel security, disrupt services and expose sensitive information. They also lead to higher extortion, collection and insurance costs.

Depending on user preferences, Fleet Secure UTM features can include gateway antivirus software, intrusion detection and prevention, web content filtering, and application control. However, all Fleet Secure UTM users benefit from an asset management, alerting and reporting capability that fully aligns with the International Maritime Organization’s 2021 compliance for cybersecurity risk management.

“The benefits of big data and artificial intelligence for vessel efficiency, safety and sustainability are clear, while Covid-19 has highlighted crew connectivity as a critical issue for our industry,” said said Ben Palmer, president of Inmarsat Maritime. “Securing these gains requires cyber awareness and training, endpoint protection, and the layered defenses of network protection. With Fleet Secure UTM, Inmarsat is now able to meet all these requirements as a single supplier. »

Fleet Secure UTM has its own security portal, allowing customers to monitor traffic in all connected networks to protect operational technology (OT), Internet of Things (IoT) and crew communications, among others , and mitigate risk, supported by a Security Operations Center (SOC) that monitors the devices and the service itself year-round, 24/7. Issues not directly related to Fleet Xpress are escalated to Port-IT for action. A team of ethical hackers from Port-IT also constantly probes networks for vulnerabilities.

“Bronze”, “Silver” and “Gold” versions of Fleet UTM are available, and the “Gold” user can access advanced AI-based scanning to detect malicious code beyond known signatures, so block zero-day attacks. The Gold package’s Threat Hunting feature adds an extra layer of cyber threat intelligence to predict future risks and establish an appropriate elimination plan.

“The relationship between Port-IT and Inmarsat is a long-standing one and we are delighted to work together in the critical area of ​​vessel network security,” said Youri Hart, CEO of Port-IT. “The user-friendly Fleet Secure UTM dashboard provides a gateway to the latest AI-based techniques, ethical hacking, and ongoing support to fight cybercriminals.”

Installed on a plug and play basis in the Fleet Xpress server rack, Fleet Secure UTM is equally easy to install on board existing and new vessels, subject to authorization by Inmarsat Solution Engineering.

*Checkpoint Research reports 40% increase in cybercrimes


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