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July 18th, 2017

COMSAT - Cybersecurity Suite of Solutions Developed for the Maritime Industry

Following a June 16, 2017, decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that requires ship owners and managers to incorporate cyber risk management into safety management systems established by the ISM Code, COMSAT has announced the firm's suite of cybersecurity solutions for the maritime industry.

Recent events have underscored the need to protect fleets from harmful cyber attacks. COMSAT provides enhanced security for data transmissions, to and from a ship, no matter where that ship is located in the world, by working to detect, prevent and respond to breaches in security. The company identifies patterns or anomalies that indicate data may have been compromised and the firm constantly monitors and reports potentially malicious activity.

The heart of the company’s private network is their data center in Melbourne, Florida, with supplemental lo cations in Amsterdam, New York and Hawaii. In addition, secure teleports in Southbury, Connecticut, and Santa Paula, California, act as extensions of the Melbourne data center.

A maritime vessel’s onboard network can be made to operate completely within a company’s protocols. COMSAT’s network architecture incorporates multiple points of presence (POP) and interconnectivity with SATCOM providers, securely making the transition from satellite to terrestrial networks. The  ability to connect shipborne data transmissions directly to customers’ corporate network is included, all without accessing the Internet.

COMSAT’s data center is fully compliant with industry standards that include HIPAA, PCI, FI SMA and SSAE 16. COMSAT engineers work with customers in finding ways to integrate security services seaside and on shore, while mitigating risks and preventing threats.

COMSAT has been providing connectivity services to maritime operators for 60 years. Ship operators and managers interested in complying with the IMO’s forthcoming cybersecurity requirements are invited to contact Brian Kane, COMSAT Director, Maritime Business, at +1.571.599.3656 or bkane.ctr@comsat.com.