French firm Bureau Veritas, which specialises in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services, has reported a cyberattack that affected its cybersecurity system.

The security breach was detected on 20 November.

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As a preventive measure, the company took all its servers and data offline for a temporary period.

At present, further investigations and corrective procedures are in place.

In a statement, the company said: “A preventive decision has been made to temporarily take our servers and data offline to protect our clients and the company while further investigations and corrective measures are in progress. This decision generates a partial unavailability or slowdown of our services and client interfaces.”

Following the cyberattack, the Bureau Veritas teams, backed by third-party IT experts, are currently focusing on establishing business continuity, with the initiation of its incident response procedure.

They are also making efforts to reduce disruption for clients, employees and partners.

Bureau Veritas added: “Bureau Veritas has also actioned the relevant authorities, who will provide us with additional support to resume normal operations in short term. We would like to thank our clients for their understanding and trust.”

Recently, Bureau Veritas established a partnership with insurance consultancy Bessé.

The alliance aims to help shipping stakeholders counter cyberattacks by combining the strengths of the two entities.