Tuesday, August 20, 2019

World First for South Korean Technology as Maritime Digital Security Component Gets Type Approval

Information and Operational Technology Systems Attempt to Negate Cyber Crime
Shipping News Feature
SOUTH KOREA – WORLDWIDE – More used to applying for standards affecting some of the world's heaviest engineering such as new ship design, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has received type approval from Lloyd's Register (LR) for the network security digital component of its Integrated Smartship Solution (ISS), confirming that the approved component performs its functionality seamlessly. This is the first ever type approval of a digital component.

Digital type approval delivers an assurance system to provide confidence in the market for the supply of digital components and offers all the benefits of traditional type approval; reassurance on supply chain quality and robustness within the marine environment. Digital type approval can apply to both components within information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) systems.

Type approval of HHI’s first line network security component confirms it complies with the latest LR type approval test specifications and the requirements specified in LR’s type approval system procedure for components that are part of digital systems on board ships. Young-Doo Kim, LR’s North Asia Technical Support Office Manager said:

“We have been working closely with HHI to ensure that the first line network security component of their Smartship solution meets our digital type approval requirements. We are very pleased to issue this digital type approval certificate to HHI and we believe this is the first step in moving towards digital ships consisting of approved digital components with safeguards in place to protect against cyber incidents.”

HHI’s first line network security component plays an important role as it establishes a barrier between controlled internal networks and untrusted outside networks. This helps to mitigate against information and operational vulnerabilities, as an increasing amount of data is stored, processed and transmitted by digital systems on board ships. HHI Senior Executive Vice President, Hyung-Kwan Kim, commented:

“We are glad to receive this digital type approval certificate from LR for the first line network security component of our Smartship system, ISS. We will continue our efforts to lead the digitalisation of the marine and offshore industry in order to maximise the benefit for our customers with new technology, ensuring it is applied safely.”

Photo: HHI and LR executives celebrate the very first granting of type approval for a digital component.