The testing of a cyber security system for the classification society Lloyd’s Register has been successfully completed by the Israel-based cyber security specialist Naval Dome on board the container ship Zim Genova, 39,906gt, while she was operational.
The tests, the first of their kind on a vessel in transit, were supervised by the classification society and the bridge systems provider Totem Plus.
The tests were carried out as part of Lloyd’s Register’s initiative to develop cyber security guidelines, and evaluated the Naval Dome system’s ability to defend ships against a variety of cyber-attacks.
Although the Naval Dome system can be installed on multiple ship systems, the tests were confined to a back-up Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) to mitigate against the risk of any system or operational failure.
Lloyd’s Register said: “The tests demonstrated the Naval Dome’s ability to thwart rogue and unintended system breaches. This included the detection and alerting of any unapproved media, such as USB sticks, spurious system updates, system anomalies and access by unauthorised personnel.
“During simulated system breaches, at sea and in port, anomalies were quickly detected, with the system alerting the user and shoreside staff: “Cyber Attack! Zim Genova. Call your Captain - one of your GPS sensors is compromised”. Another breach successfully generated the alert: “Cyber Attack! Zim Genova. Call your Captain - anomaly detected in ECDIS map location.”
System reliability was also verified. During the test period, no system faults were detected, there were no system reboots, no noticeable system latency and zero disruption to vessel operations.
The Zim Genova sailed on Nov.13, 2017 from Colombo, Sri Lanka, visiting Port Said, Egypt, before crossing the North Atlantic to New York and Norfolk, Virginia, arriving in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Jan 8 this year.