Naval Dome wins intelligence award for its maritime cyber protection system

“The award raise awareness of the importance of protecting ship systems from a cyber-attack,” said Naval Dome CEO Itai Sela, pictured right “The award raise awareness of the importance of protecting ship systems from a cyber-attack,” said Naval Dome CEO Itai Sela, pictured right

Israeli cyber security company Naval Dome’s Maritime Cyber Protection System (MCPS) received the renowned Marine Intelligence prize during the Marine Propulsion Awards and gala dinner.

The annual technical awards, which this year took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, recognise innovations across a range of marine engineering and technology sectors. Awards were presented for best efficiency improvement technology, best emissions reducing technology, best innovation, best maritime intelligence innovation, and ship of the year.

The Maritime Intelligence Award, sponsored by OSISoft, is bestowed on companies or individuals that have developed a product, system or process that optimises the use of data, communications or other IT technology. The winning entry must demonstrate how the use of its technology has significantly improved a ship’s or fleet’s efficiency, economy or operation.

Speaking after collecting the award, Naval Dome CEO Itai Sela, said: “We are thrilled to have won this award so soon after the official market introduction of our new technology, in 2017, and the day after confirming a fleet wide agreement with Stamco Ship Management, the largest maritime cyber defence contract we have signed to-date.

I am in no doubt that this award and our recent order will raise awareness of the vital importance of protecting ship systems from a cyber-attack. The systems and technology cyber criminals use is now so advanced that the shipping industry needs similarly advanced protection to prevent any system breach or intrusion. Anything less is like taking a knife to a gunfight.”

Using intelligence agency security technology, Naval Dome’s MCPS is designed to prevent internal and external cyber-attacks with minimal human intervention. It integrates with existing systems and software, providing real-time cyber alerts and blocks malicious files to prevent unauthorised access to critical systems and data.

During trials, Naval Dome performed a series of cyber-attacks on live navigation systems, engines and other machinery control systems. The attack was able to shift the vessel’s reported position, mislead the radar display, turn on and disable machinery, and override the fuel control, steering and ballast systems. In a second test using the MCPS software, the same attack was carried out, but the hack was unsuccessful, unable to penetrate any of the ship’s systems.

By Jake Frith

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