ABS Approval for Marpoint's Evo2 Router & UNI Virtualization Solution


Published Sep 22, 2021 12:21 PM by The Maritime Executive


MarPoint achieves Cyber Safety Class Approval from the  classification society ABS for all systems covering individual components all the way through the  system and network level.

This was achieved upon the successful class verification of product compliance with manufacturers’  specifications, applicable ABS Rules, and national or international standards.  

The ABS Class Approval (PDA) applies to the Evo2 Router and UNI Virtual Machine Manager, where  MarPoint’s Cyber Security Solution is part of.  

The Evo2 Router and Central Management platform, provides a massive defence in depth approach,  via dual hardware failover, a fully managed enterprise-grade firewall, effective network  segmentation (business/crew), web dns filtering, application filtering, software whitelisting, two  factor authentication and a fully customized alerting mechanism.  

UNI, our Triple Node Cluster, and IT Managed Services ensure 24/7/365 remote management of the  vessel’s complete IT hardware and software infrastructure and provide unique features such as:  

  •  Risk assessment  
  •  Desktop Virtualization and Active Directory using Linux Thin clients  
  •  Real time Inventory Assets management  
  •  Software Patching  
  •  Network-IDS  
  •  Cloud hosting for the endpoint  

A dedicated team of MarPoint IT professionals safeguard the 24/7/365 professional support via an  automated ticketing system and with standardized response times (SLAs) per event.  

In addition, MarPoint having been audited by ABS and having given a satisfactory practical  demonstration of its proactive Maritime IT Managed Services, is now recognized by ABS as a “Service  Supplier to provide services which ABS Surveyors may rely on to make decisions affecting  classification or statutory surveys”. 

What are the benefits of being Class Approved for Cyber  Safety?  

Being Class Approved, MarPoint Cyber Security Solution facilitates thorough vessel cybersecurity  analysis, helping identify the owner’s Cyber Risk Tolerance and helps control cybersecurity  vulnerabilities in the supply chain.  

At the same time, MarPoint is already certified with ISO 27001:2013 for the Information Security  Management System (ISMS) which demonstrates that MarPoint can be trusted of its capability to  protect the confidentiality and integrity of the information processed.  

The ABS Class Approval along with ISO 27001, allows MarPoint existing and potential customers to  secure additional benefits, including lower overall project costs related to Cyber Security  classification and certification and to comply with the IMO 2021 regulation.  

MarPoint Director, Mr. Anastasis Kyrkos noted:  

“Cyber security is a major concern for vessels at sea today. The impact of unauthorized, and even  authorized, access to ships’ systems can be catastrophic, potentially resulting in reputational,  financial, and environmental damage, robbery, piracy or simply malicious interference. These are  all distinct risks for an unprotected vessel.  
We would like to strongly thank world’s high leading Classification Society for Ships, ABS, for their  cooperation throughout the certification process.  

The seal of approval that this certification entails is very important for our company and our  customers in the maritime industry. The ABS Class Approval Certificate is a testament to our  commitment to cybersecurity and ensures that our solution continues to stay at the forefront,  bringing additional value to our customers, such as avoiding disruption to their business  operations”.

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