DNV GL announced that the Norwegian technology company, Kongsberg, has received its first DNV GL cyber security type approval for the company’s K-IMS system.
As DNV GL states in its announcement, they have been cooperating with Kongsberg for the last year to develop a new type approval programme for the cyber security assessment of control system components, which is called ‘Security Assessment of Control System Components, DNVGL-CP-0231’.
The new system is a a core component in Kongsberg’s digital ecosystem Kognifai and it focuses on verifying both the technical reliability and cyber security of control systems.
Bent Erik Bjørkli, VP Digital Performance at Kongsberg Maritime, said: “At Kongsberg we have been delivering solutions for remote support and data collection for many years.Over the last few years, however, we have seen an increasing focus from our customers in the cyber security of the connected systems on their vessels. This was why we were so interested to work together with DNV GL on the development of the new type approval. With the new type approval, we can now demonstrate the security of our systems through an independent verification process.”
From his part Odd Magne Nesvåg, Head of Control Systems at DNV GL – Maritime, after thanking Kongsberg for its cooperation, he claimed that with the new system, maritime vendors will now be able to show their customers they meet a set of independently developed and verified quality standards in an area that is becoming ever more important.
Concluding, DNV GL notes that “as the shipping industry digitalizes, vessels are becoming sophisticated hubs of connected systems and sensors that generate and exchange data both onboard and back to shore. This connectivity increases the need for cyber security and for ways of verifying the cyber safety of installed systems.”