Press Release: New ABS model offers quantitative cyber risk assessment for marine assets

PRESS RELEASE: ABS today announced its successful development of a groundbreaking new methodology to measure cyber security risk associated with operational technology, providing marine and offshore clients a calculated risk index for vessels, fleets and facilities. The index quantifies cyber security risk and gives owners and operators an actionable strategy to reduce cyber risk onboard a vessel.

Until now, cyber risk assessment methods were largely qualitative, characterizing risk based on threats, vulnerabilities and consequences. These elements were useful in understanding risk; however, they were not quantifiable.

“With assets increasing in complexity, comprising several interconnected control systems, it was critical to develop a simple, quantifiable method to measure cyber risk,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO, Christopher J. Wiernicki. “The ABS FCI Cyber Risk™ model gives owners and operators a straightforward approach to understanding their existing cyber risk and a concrete approach to reducing that risk.”

With its Functions, Connections and Identities (FCI) model, ABS can now calculate a cyber risk index for a client’s individual assets or entire fleets. From the risk index, an actionable report details precisely how to reduce cyber risk, which allows clients to target cyber security investments across their assets.

 

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