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ABS Advanced Solutions (ABS) has teamed up with Mission Secure (MSi) to use data for real-time monitoring and streamline cyber protection.

Based on the FCI Cyber Risk Methodology, the integration of the MSi platform will enable ABS clients to improve cyber defence of industrial control systems that operate modern day vessels and offshore platforms.

FCI Cyber Risk Methodology offers a simple and practical way to count and quantify risk.

MSi said that integrating its platform with the FCI Cyber Risk method will yield a complete shared understanding of cyber risk across assets, together with round-the-clock network monitoring and protective solutions.

In order to offer centralised management at all levels, the platform has been equipped with an on-board or cloud-based dashboard.

ABS cyber senior advisor Dennis Hackney said: “ABS shines a spotlight on cybersecurity vulnerabilities using the FCI Cyber Risk method and MSi drops in the technologies required to protect clients’ critical functions.

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“Essentially, we accurately point out cybersecurity exposures using the FCI Cyber Risk method, and MSi provides the technologies to close those gaps.”

"We accurately point out cybersecurity exposures using the FCI Cyber Risk method, and MSi provides the technologies to close those gaps."

For ABS clients who are already using the Nautical Systems marine-focused ERP solution, the new solution will work as an extension to allow more data-driven insights that enable smart decision-making and fast incident response.

Mission Secure CEO David Drescher said: “ABS and MSi bring unparalleled history and experience in shipping and offshore.

“The combination of ABS’s cyber risk services and MSi’s patented industrial control system cybersecurity solutions provides asset owners and operators precisely what they need today to strengthen shipboard and on-platform cyber protections.”

The ABS FCI Cyber Risk Methodology was developed after a two-year research contract with the Maritime Security Center led by Stevens Institute of Technology and the US Department of Defense.