(LONDON) — As shipping lines grow ever more reliant on digital links to shore, GTMaritime is releasing Compliance Maintenance, a new service for customers. It provides the option of automatically keeping GTMaritime software used on board up to date to ensure that owners are constantly compliant with International Maritime Organization (IMO) cybersecurity guidelines.
The new service is the latest addition to a GTMaritime portfolio designed with the common goal of shielding onboard systems from multiplying cyberthreats, which can disrupt crew’s day-to-day work and even compromise vessel safety.
Running older versions of software is a key vector for cybercriminals to penetrate onboard systems, but installing updates is often time-consuming and costly. The importance of a systematic approach to software updating is repeatedly emphasized in BIMCO’s Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships, the industry’s go-to guidance for hardening digital infrastructure ahead of cybersecurity becoming mandatory within the ISM Code in January next year.
GTMaritime Compliance Maintenance will be provided free-of-charge to existing customers, making it available to more than 6,500 ships, or more than 10 percent of the global fleet. It will automatically update all GTMaritime solutions installed on an owner’s fleet.
After initial configuration, Compliance Maintenance updates are distributed fleetwide with no crew intervention required. This is enabled through FastNet, a new core hardware-agnostic platform for data transfer which works with all satellite link airtime providers.
FastNet was engineered to set a new standard for the maritime industry by providing a secure, auditable and independent platform for ship/shore data transfers. As a multi-stream platform, it uses sophisticated bandwidth management techniques to optimize, secure and then deliver data packets according to business needs.
FastNet already underpins GTDeploy, a software deployment application allowing remote patch management and software updates across all solutions fleetwide, and GTReplicate, an application for replicating/synchronizing critical data files between ship and shore. Capable of seamlessly synchronizing files of all types and sizes, GTReplicate is highly configurable and offers extensive reporting functions to meet auditing requirements.