IACS adopts new requirements on cyber safety

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) adopted two new Unified Requirements (URs) on the cyber resilience of ships On 21 April 2022,.

UR E26 aims to ensure the secure integration of both Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) equipment into the vessel’s network during the design, construction, commissioning, and operational life of the ship.

UR E26 targets the ship as a collective entity for cyber resilience and covers five key aspects: equipment identification, protection, attack detection, response, and recovery.

UR E27 aims to ensure system integrity is secured and hardened by third-party equipment suppliers. UR E27 provides requirements for cyber resilience of onboard systems and equipment and provides additional requirements relating to the interface between users and computer-based systems onboard, as well as product design and development requirements for new devices before their implementation onboard ships.

These URs will be applied to new ships contracted for construction on and after January 1st 2024, though they may be applied in the interim as non-mandatory guidance.