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Singtel and Inmarsat to strengthen maritime cyber security

Nurdianah Md Nur | April 6, 2016
By integrating Trustwave’s UTM solution with Inmarsat’s hardware onboard ships.

Inmarsat Singtel
(From left to right) Lim Kian Soon, Head, Satellite, Singtel; Andrew Lim, Managing Director, Business Group, Group Enterprise, Singtel; Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime and Jonathan Wood, Vice President, Application Partner Development Maritime, Inmarsat. Credit: Singtel

Singtel has partnered Inmarsat to help enhance maritime cyber security.

Under the partnership, Trustwave - the cyber security arm of Singtel-will integrate its software-based Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution with Inmarsat's hardware onboard ships to protect data and reduce cyber risk for maritime companies.

The UTM service offers a suite of cyber security defences - such as advance firewall, anti-virus, intrusion prevention and webfiltering - which is backed by global round-the-clock support. It will be delivered through Fleet Xpress, a globally available, high-speed broadband solution for maritime and offshore operators, available from a single communications provider.

According to the two companies, the new maritime cyber security service will be launched in the second half of 2016.

"The shipping landscape is changing. As we move from traditional shipping into the ship intelligence era, the threat of cyber attacks have never been more real. Risks from malicious attacks and unlawful access to a ship's intelligence, its system infrastructure and networks cannot be ignored, and the shipping industry needs to take action," said Ronald Spithout, President Inmarsat Maritime.

Andrew Lim, Managing Director, Business Group, Group Enterprise at Singtel added: "As maritime systems become more digital, it is imperative for the industry to protect data onboard ships against all forms of cyber attacks. Our partnership with Inmarsat will provide maritime companies with a cyber security solution to meet rapidly evolving cyber threats, globally."

"Eliminating fragmented network security controls between land-based systems and assets at sea helps customers maintain audit and compliance requirements, while alleviating many of the stresses of managing complex networks. We look forward to working with Inmarsat to defend international commerce from cyber attacks," said Trustwave Chief Executive Officer and President Robert J. McCullen.



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