Classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has partnered with South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to develop cybersecurity standards for new marine vessels.

The standards form part of the ABS Cyber Security-Ready (CS-Ready) Notation that is designed for marine assets.

ABS’ FCI Cyber Risk model is developed to quantify cyber risk by measuring functions of vessels’ critical systems such as navigation, propulsion, and connections such as digital networks connecting functions.

It is also capable of identifying people or devices accessing connections.

The new ABSCS-Ready Notation is expected to ensure the proper characterisation of the vessels’ functions and connections to help owners control the systems.

ABS Cyber Security chief scientist John Jorgensen said: “Employing the ABS FCI Cyber Risk model in implementing this new CS-Ready Notation means valuable assets are already down the road to achieving a robust degree of protection on delivery to customers.”

HHI has already received the first CS-Ready Notation from ABS for a large-scale commercial vessel (VLCC), which was delivered this month.

“Achieving this CS-Ready Notation makes HHI a front-runner in ship cybersecurity technology.”

The company implemented the new standards on the vessel at its yard in South Korea, while a team of cybersecurity specialists from ABS inspected the cyber-readiness of the critical control systems on-board the vessel.

The ABS team inspected the vessel management systems, navigation and communication systems.

HHI Corporate Research Center director Joo Won-ho said: “Achieving this CS-Ready Notation makes HHI a front-runner in ship cybersecurity technology and means HHI is well-prepared for future certifications, which are becoming increasingly strict.

“These cybersecurity requirements will be integrated into HHI’s newly constructed ships, including LNG carriers, and will give HHI products the competitive edge, leading to increased market leadership.”