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Maritime OT Cybersecurity

Maritime OT Cybersecurity

Addressing Cyber Risks at MTSA Regulated Facilities​

Maritime infrastructure is critical to national security and the economy. Maritime cybersecurity refers the protection of computers and networks used in ports, terminals, vessels and related support systems, from cyber threats which could lead to operational, safety or security consequences as a result of information or systems being compromised.


Cyber attacks on industrial control systems could kill or injure workers, damage equipment, expose the public and the environment to harmful pollutants, and lead to extensive economic damage.​​ The loss of ship and cargo scheduling systems could substantially slow cargo operations in ports, leading to backups across the transportation system. Less overt cyber attacks could facilitate the smuggling of people, weapons of mass destruction, or other contraband into the country​.

Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-20 is issued by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) providing guidelines for Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-20 is issued by the USCG providing guidelines for addressing cyber risks at Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulated facilities.  It provides guidance to facility owners and operators in complying with the requirements to assess, document, and address computer system or network vulnerabilities.​

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued MSC.428(98) which "Affirms that an approved safety management system should take into account cyber risk management in accordance with the objectives and functional requirements of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code"¹ and "Encourages Administrations to ensure that cyber risks are appropriately addressed in safety management systems no later than the first annual verification of the company's Document of Compliance after 1 January 2021."¹

MSC-FAL.1/Circ.3, Guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management, should be considered within your risk management assessment and strategy to protect from cyber threats and vulnerabilities.

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Maritime FSO Cybersecurity Training

In-person or online training course focused on cybersecurity fundamentals for Facility Security Officers (FSO) and Vessel Security Officers (VSO). Participants will be instructed on relevant regulatory requirements, such as those established by the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), the US Coast Guard and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). 

aeSolutions, a recognized leader in OT cybersecurity, has the experience, the talent, and the services to help you develop your strategy, assess your risk, create a sustainable program, and remediate your gaps and vulnerabilities to meet your security and compliance objectives.  Your mission is our mission.

¹ Reference:  http://www.imo.org/en/OurWork/Security/Guide_to_Maritime_Security/Documents/Resolution%20MSC.428(98).pdf

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How to achieve your requirements


  • Assess

  • Recommendations & Mapping

  • Remediate & Mitigate

  • Program & Sustainment

Contact us to discuss our approach to meeting these guidelines.