Thailand-based offshore support vessel (OSV) company Uniwise Offshore is enhancing cyber-security standards across its OSV fleet by adopting technology from Inmarsat.
With connectivity delivered by Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress, Fleet Secure Unified Threat Management (UTM) provides Uniwise with end-to-end functionality to protect its network from cyber-attacks and intrusion via infected devices.
Commenting on the deal, Jon-Axel Hauglum, Co-Head of Business, Uniwise Offshore, said: “In busy areas in the Gulf of Thailand usage on the network is high. Both businesses critical as well as extensive crew traffic must be protected and secured, hence we needed a satellite communications partner that has solutions specifically designed for maritime. We needed security, not only to minimise the risk of downtime during operations but also to safeguard our vessels from the growing threat of cyber-attacks. We identified Inmarsat as that partner. Fleet Xpress offers reliable connectivity and Fleet Secure UTM ensures robust network protection our operations require.”
Fleet Secure UTM is a comprehensive suite of network security tools designed specifically for the maritime industry. Managed through a single online portal and backed by a dedicated security operations centre, the solution allows Uniwise to detect and monitor threats and protect its fleet network from attacks.
Gert-Jan Panken, Vice President of Direct Sales, Inmarsat Maritime, added: “Cyber-attacks are a growing concern for vessel operators worldwide. Fleet Secure UTM brings together all the tools owners need to assess and mitigate risks and establish a cyber-secure environment, while Fleet Xpress provides the reliable coverage to ensure these tools – and other business-critical applications – remain online even where demand is at its highest.”
Inmarsat’s end-to-end connectivity and security package for Uniwise also includes Fleet Hotspot, which provides crew access to high-speed connectivity and is completely independent of their vessel’s bandwidth. This ensures uninterrupted connection to high-speed, always-on, business-critical bandwidth. Further contributing to Uniwise’s cyber-resilient environment, both services are delivered via the secure, dedicated network.