COMSAT announces cybersecurity programs for maritime industry

(HERNDON, Va.) — Following a June 16 decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that requires shipowners and managers to incorporate cyber-risk management into safety management systems established by the ISM Code, COMSAT announces its suite of cybersecurity solutions for the maritime industry. Recent events have underscored the need to protect fleets from harmful cyberattacks. The new IMO requirement must be met prior to Jan. 1, 2021.

COMSAT provides enhanced security for data transmissions, to and from a ship, no matter where it is in the world, by working to detect, prevent and respond to breaches in security. It identifies patterns or anomalies that indicate data may have been compromised, and it constantly monitors and reports potentially malicious activity.

The heart of the company’s private network is its data center in Melbourne, Fla., with supplemental locations in Amsterdam, New York and Hawaii. In addition, secure teleports in Southbury, Conn., and Santa Paula, Calif., act as extensions of the Melbourne data center.

A maritime vessel’s onboard network can be made to operate completely within a company’s protocols. COMSAT’s network architecture incorporates multiple points of presence (POP) and interconnectivity with SATCOM providers, securely making the transition from satellite to terrestrial networks. Further, it offers the ability to connect ship-borne data transmissions directly to customers’ corporate network – without ever touching the Internet. COMSAT’s data center is fully compliant with industry standards including HIPAA, PCI, FISMA and SSAE 16. COMSAT engineers work together with customers in finding ways to integrate security services sea-side and on shore while mitigating risks and preventing threats.

COMSAT has been providing connectivity services to maritime operators for 60 years. The company is a cyber-secure voice and data service provider for the maritime industry’s most popular satellite networks, and a wholesale distributor for the most prolific manufacturers of maritime connectivity hardware and software.

For more information, contact Brian Kane, COMSAT director, maritime business, at (571) 599-3656 or

By Professional Mariner Staff