Norwegian firm Dualog is providing shipboard cybersecurity with a new service that it says will totally protect vessels and their onboard IT systems even before an attack occurs.
Dualog Protect acts as the first line of defence in cybersecurity on board ship, where malware and unwanted data traffic is blocked at the DNS-level. By setting up this extra layer of defence, owners and managers can reduce the risk of malware attacks on their ships. An important factor if you consider the findings of a Cisco Security Research paper which claims that 91.3 % of malware uses DNS in attacks.
Dualog Protect is designed to protect ransomware, trojans and phishing attempts as well as preventing ‘command-and-control call-backs’ and data exfiltration. By operating at the DNS-level, the service protects all computers and devices attached to all onboard networks.
According to Geir-Inge Jensen, Operations Manager at Dualog, the advent of always-on satellite connections has exposed shipping to viruses, malware and hacking attacks.
“Vessel owners and operators need to address these issues quickly to avoid being an easy target. Effective incident management policies and processes improve resilience and reduce impact in case of an incident. Dualog can help mitigate these risks and help shipping companies ensure the benefits of digitalisation and increased connectivity is not lost,” he said.
Walter Hannemann, Product Manager at Dualog, added: “The Dualog Platform, with email, file transfer and internet services, is built to adhere to the highest standards of cyber resilience and security. Besides much improved cybersecurity, it is also possible to filter traffic for domains and services per company policies, by allowing or blocking specific domains or URLs. This works on all protocols, websites and apps, without breaking data encryption.”
Dualog places a lot of importance on the effectiveness of its systems, guaranteeing service uptime of 99.5% backed up by a 24/7 operational support team. Its servers handled a total of 180 Terabytes (180,000,000 MB) of data during the fourth quarter of 2018 and a total of 28,119,029 emails were scanned for viruses and other threats. A total of 13,386,302 emails were rejected because they were identified as part of large-scale spam attacks while 149,104 were phishing emails with links to unsecure websites. A total of 142,917 viruses or malware were detected and stopped