Naval Dome Cyber Security Demonstrated Container Ship
LONDON — Naval Dome has successfully completed the pilot testing of its multi-layered cyber security system for Lloyd’s Register aboard XT Shipping’s Zim Genova, Seaborne said in a Feb. 5 release. The 4,300-TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) containership was operational during the tests, which were supervised by the classification society and bridge systems provider Totem Plus.
The pilot tests, carried out as part of the classification society’s initiative to develop cyber security guidelines, and the first of their kind on a vessel in transit, evaluated the Naval Dome system’s ability to defend ships against a variety of cyber attacks.
Although the Naval Dome system can be installed on multiple ship systems, the tests were confined to a back-up ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) to mitigate against the risk of any system or operational failure. The Naval Dome cyber security system also underwent extensive terrestrial testing with the Totem Plus ECDIS prior to shipboard installation.
The tests demonstrated Naval Dome’s ability to thwart rogue and unintended system breaches. This included the detection and alerting of any unapproved media, such as USB sticks, spurious system updates, system anomalies and access by unauthorised personnel.
During simulated system breaches, at sea and in port, anomalies were quickly detected, with the system alerting the user and shoreside staff. System reliability was also verified. During the test period, no system faults were detected, there were no system reboots, no noticeable system latency and zero disruption to vessel operations.
Zim Genova deployed on Nov. 13 from Colombo, Sri Lanka, visiting Port Said, Egypt, before transiting the North Atlantic to New York and Norfolk, Va., arriving in Wilmington, N.C., on Jan. 8. The Naval Dome device was completely unaffected by the inclement conditions the ship encountered.
“We are delighted the tests have demonstrated the performance of the Naval Dome system for Lloyd’s Register,” said Itai Sela, chief executive officer of Naval Dome. “The pilot project has shown the effectiveness of our system in defending against cyber-attacks, while verifying crew operability and usability. The ship’s crew found the technology worked very smoothly, without impacting their day-to-day operations”.
A second phase of testing will be carried out in coming months where more extensive penetration tests will also be carried out.
“First-phase pilot tests have demonstrated satisfactorily that the Naval Dome cyber security system is effective in protecting ECDIS from a cyber attack,” said Jerry Li, Lloyd’s Register’s senior surveyor/auditor who oversaw the tests. “We found the system provides a level of security without disruption to ship systems and operations. We hope to use the information and experience gained from the Naval Dome tests in the development of guidelines for maritime cyber defence.”
“We are confident in Naval Dome’s ability to provide a more secure platform for ECDIS operators, said Capt. Azrieal Rahav, chief executive officer of Totem Plus. “The system was able to protect our product while enhancing the experience of the end-user.”
Using intelligence agency security technology, Naval Dome’s cyber security solution 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.