Lloyd’s Register and QinetiQ to collaborate on maritime cyber security

Hamburg, 7th September 2016 – Lloyd’s Register (LR) and QinetiQ have announced a collaboration to increase the level of security of cyber-enabled ships. A pilot project with Gaslog, the international owner, operator and manager of LNG carriers, seeks to tailor cyber resilience methodologies for LNG vessels.

Cyber-attacks have become more frequent and more sophisticated, with the threat becoming a board level preoccupation for the marine sector. Cyber security is becoming an increasingly important element of the risk profile of critical assets that are connected between ship and shore. The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) are all developing guidance and regulation to address these challenges.

With its independence, technical expertise and deep understanding of system-level risk, LR is collaborating with QinetiQ to support maritime customers and other stakeholders in assuring their cyber security. QinetiQ combines its maritime consultancy capability, evolved through decades of acting as impartial advisor to the Royal Navy, with its cyber security expertise, trusted to protect government organisations and critical national infrastructure.

The collaboration aims at developing robust cyber resilience methodologies for readiness against existing and emerging standards, vulnerability and impact assessment and mitigation measures, all carefully tailored for the maritime sector and the specific needs of customers.

LR and QinetiQ ‘s first pilot project is with Gaslog, a leading operator in the global LNG shipping sector, looking at specific methodologies for LNG vessels in order to establish Gaslog’s readiness with respect to IMO/USCG guidelines and available standards.

Gaslog’s Head of Newbuilding, Innovation and Projects, Theo Katemidis said: “At GasLog, we are constantly focused on driving safety and environmental improvements through our business as the wider LNG shipping industry continues to evolve. Our collaboration with LR and QinetiQ demonstrates our desire to take a lead in cyber security to further understand future vulnerabilities and ensure that we have the necessary mitigating measures in place”.

LR’s Marine & Offshore Director Nick Brown said: “Due to the rapid pace of technology development prescriptive approaches to risk management are not always suitable. Instead, a ‘total systems’ approach is required taking into account all systems on board and – critically – on shore, how they are designed and installed, how they connect, and how they will be managed. Our tailored approach to cyber security takes account of these interdependencies and we are delighted to be working with Gaslog who are taking an industry lead in cyber security”.

QinetiQ's International Maritime Consultancy and Software Director, Vittorio Vagliani, said:
“A number of factors are putting pressure on the maritime industry to increase its focus on cyber security. It is likely that cyber certification will soon become a legal requirement for entering some territorial waters. Increased internet connectivity at sea enlarges the window of opportunity for criminal organisations to intercept confidential data such as the ship’s position, its cargo, or its passenger list. In a future where autonomous and remotely controlled craft are commonplace.

"QinetiQ and Lloyd’s Register are ideally placed to support the commercial maritime industry in maximising cyber security and we are excited about the opportunities this partnership presents.”

This announcement follows LR’s recent launch of its first technical guidance for cyber-enabled ships, which provides the shipping industry with a route map to understanding the implications of digital technology. Cyber-security is a core component alongside safety, autonomy, condition based maintenance and operational efficiency. The cyber-enabled ships guidance can be downloaded at www.lr.org/cyber.

As a trusted provider of safety assurance to the marine industry, LR is ready to help customers and stakeholders to ensure that Information and communications technology (ICT) is deployed safely on vessels and ship-to-shore systems.

About LR

Lloyd’s Register (LR) is a global engineering, technical and business services organisation wholly owned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to research and education in science and engineering. Founded in 1760 as a marine classification society, LR now operates across many industry sectors, with some 9,000 employees in 78 countries.

LR has a long-standing reputation for integrity, impartiality and technical excellence. Our compliance, risk and technical consultancy services give clients confidence that their assets and businesses are safe, sustainable and dependable. Through our global technology centres and research network, LR is at the forefront of understanding the application of new science and technology to future-proof our clients’ businesses

About QinetiQ

Listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: QQ.L), QinetiQ is a leading science and engineering company operating primarily in the defence, security and aerospace markets. Its customers are predominantly government organisations including defence departments, as well as international customers in other targeted sectors.

About Gaslog Ltd

GasLog is an international owner, operator and manager of LNG carriers. GasLog's fully-owned fleet includes 27 LNG carriers (including 21 ships in operation and six LNG carriers on order). GasLog has four LNG carriers operating under its technical management for third parties.