Korea set the stage for leading the development of ICT-based security technology in the global shipbuilding and marine industries, as its technology for protecting the equipment and systems of vessels from various cyber threats and attacks has been adopted as an international standard by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) announced on Oct. 20 that the cyber security technology for ship networks that it proposed to the IEC has been accepted as an international standard by the organization.
The technology can be summarized as a series of definitions of security structures and functional requirements for the protection of the equipment, internal and external networks, and gateways of vessels from diverse cybersecurity threats and attacks. When this technology is employed, a variety of optional ship-related services can be provided in a safe way, and Korea is expected to be able to take the lead in the development of maritime cyber security techniques with it down the road.
In today’s global maritime industry, cyber security is emerging as an increasingly important issue in relation to a successful realization of e-navigation, the development of which is being led by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).