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IACS Recommendation on Cyber Resilience

Update on 4 May 2020:

IACS has approved and published the Rec 166 – Recommendation on Cyber Resilience (IACS webpage to download).

According to IACS:

  • This single, standalone Recommendation consolidates IACS’ previous 12 Recommendations related to cyber resilience (Nos. 153 to 164) and applies to the use of computer-based systems which provide control, alarm, monitoring, safety or internal communication functions which are subject to the requirements of a Classification society.
  • The Recommendation provides information on matters such as reference guidelines and standards, terms and definitions, goals for design and construction, functional requirements, technical requirements and verification testing.
  • This new recommendation is applicable to a vessel’s network systems using digital communication to interconnect systems within the ship and ship systems which can be accessed by equipment or networks off the ship.
  • The network design forms the basis for a reliable and robust network. Issues such as compatibility of various devices, communication between devices, communication from various systems and sub systems, need due consideration during the design phase.  This Recommendation is an important step in addressing cyber resilience from the earliest stages of a vessel’s life.
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