Dubai- based Elcome International, among the globe’s leading suppliers of maritime graphes as well as magazines, has actually produced a brand-new, safe device to stop infections, malware or damaged documents from being presented right into ships’ navigational computer systems. Elcome Bridge Protect is created to make certain the secure transfer of documents without the demand for passwords or finger print checks.
The bundle consists of an unique safeguarded USB 3.0 flash drive as well as personalized customer software application that, according to Elcome, makes it difficult for contaminated documents to be presented right into the ECDIS as well as various other networked ship systems when publishing digital graphes as well as updates.
“A primary potential point of entry for shipboard cyber infections is downloads from shoreside networks,” discusses Kostiantyn Matvieiev, Elcome’s elderly supervisor, graphes as well as magazines. “Electronic Nautical Charts (ENC), Notices to Mariners (NtM) and software updates are delivered to the ship by satellite links when underway or on a DVD when in port. A USB flash drive is generally used to load these files into the ECDIS computer. If an off-the-shelf unprotected USB is used, it can potentially introduce corrupted files, which can spread throughout the ship’s interconnected network with devastating results.”
The Bridge Protect customer software application instantly secures the flash drive with a low-level data system that leaves no vacant memory room in the USB storage space tool, thus protecting against the transfer of damaging documents unintentionally right into the ship’s computer system.
Bridge Protect can be included as component of the Safety Management System stated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Resolution MSC 428 (98) as well as comes to be a compulsory component of the yearly confirmation of the firm’s Document of Compliance, which entered result 1 January 2021.
“As the shipping industry transitions from paper charts and publications to electronic media, there is increasing danger of disabling cyber-attacks that can threaten the ship’s safety at sea. Elcome is committed to harnessing cutting-edge technologies to protect ships’ systems and ease the workload for crews without compromising safety of navigation,” includes Jimmy Grewal, Executive Director of Elcome.