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NIS – Shipowners face hefty fines under new cyber security rules

Published On: 9th July 2018

NIS - Shipowners face hefty fines under new cyber security rules Gemserv’s Sean Gulliford and Mandeep Thandi recently supported Paul Stuart Smith of Fairplay, in putting together their latest article on the NIS Regulation…

Shipping companies, port authorities, and other maritime entities operating essential services in the European Union face hefty fines if they fail to comply with new cyber security rules.

Recognising the growing threat of cyber attacks to critical infrastructure and the economy, the European Union introduced the Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS) Directive in August 2016. Its aim is to boost the security and resilience of electronic communication networks, connected devices (internet of things – IoT), the data processed by those networks and devices, and the essential services supported by them.

Member states were given until May 2018 to embed the directive into their national laws. In response, the United Kingdom has implemented the Network and Information Systems Regulations 2018 which came into force on 10 May. Similar regulations have been adopted in other EU member states. The NIS Directive will work in tandem with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which also came into force in May.

Essential services covered by the UK NIS Regulations are transport, including water transport, energy, health, digital infrastructure, and drinking water supply and distribution. The regulations do not apply to all firms in these sectors, only to those identified to be operators of essential services (OESs), although their suppliers and subcontractors could also be affected.

Criteria for determining whether an organisation is an operator of an essential service are set out at the end of the regulations. In the water transport subsector there are specific thresholds for shipping companies, harbour authorities, port operators, and operators of vessel traffic services.

Shipping companies that handle more than 5 million tonnes of freight annually at UK ports are likely to find themselves on the OES list. So too are harbour authorities, port operators, and operators of vessel services at a port that has annual passenger numbers in excess of 10 million….

To read the full article please click on the below to head over to the Fairplay website.

Shipowners face hefty fines under new cyber security rules

 

Article Author.

Sean Gulliford

Principal Consultant
Sean Gulliford heads up our Connected Devices team. He holds a B.Eng(Hons) in Digital Systems Engineering, a M.Sc in Machine... Read More From Sean Gulliford

Mandeep Thandi

Head of Consultancy
Mandeep is an experienced professional who has a broad range of expertise spanning many areas, including commercial strategy, policy development,... Read More From Mandeep Thandi

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