Inmarsat launches cyber training package

Spotting tell-tale signs of a cyber attack can prevent it from escalating.

Maritime communications company Inmarsat has launched a cyber security mobile training app for crew at the same time as introducing two components to its maritime cyber security service, Fleet Secure.

Fleet Secure Endpoint has been developed to remove infections and thwart hackers before damage occurs to onboard endpoints and connected systems, such as laptops or other wireless and mobile devices.

The solution, made available for commercial use from January 2019, is compatible across Inmarsat’s maritime portfolio of services, including Fleet Xpress, FleetBroadband, and Fleet One.

Meanwhile, Fleet Secure Cyber Awareness, the training app for mobile devices, enables seafarers to educate themselves on the tactics that cyber criminals might employ in attempting to infiltrate a company’s IT infrastructure.

Peter Broadhurst, senior vice-president of Safety and Security for Inmarsat Maritime said that addressing the human element is essential to maintaining a strong security posture.

“Many attempts to gain unauthorised access to IT infrastructure require some sort of activation by an end-user in order to infect a system and cause further damage. These attacks are often heavily disguised so as to trick and manipulate end-users into unwittingly granting permission,” he explained

Broadhurst added that there are normally tell-tale signs of a cyber attack that if spotted quickly can prevent it from escalating.