Saab and Orolia team to protect navigation systems from cyber attack

Written by Marine Log Staff
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Saab is collaborating with Orolia on a suite of technologies that detect and mitigate cyber-attacks on navigation systems onshore or on vessels.

As the 2021 deadline gets nearer for implementation of IMO’s requirements for Maritime Cyber Risk Management in Safety Management Systems, it is important that the entire vessel management ecosystem, from port coordination to critical bridge systems, include protection of navigation. This is done, say Saab and Orolia, by verifying the source and validity of position and timing data, as well as mitigating the risk of false data.

Orolia’s M-SecureSync employs technologies to detect and resist GNSS jamming and spoofing attacks and alert the bridge to potential discrepancies in the navigation signals. It offers multi-layered protection that will be integrated into Saab’s navigation solutions. Saab’s Control and Display Unit (CDU) will act as the indicator for the Officer of the Watch and corresponding Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS). The system warns the user of compromised data and stores it for later analysis and product improvement.
“For our users, this means that they can rely on better checked information for safe navigation,” says Stefan Karlsson, Head of Sales at Saab TransponderTech. “Saab has been the provider of AIS and GNSS Navigation Systems for the world’s merchant fleet for the last 15 years, with more than 25,000 installations.”

“Cyber-attacks can come in many guises and as the threats become increasingly sophisticated, poor cyber security could compromise commercial vessels’ safety through interference with navigation accuracy,” says Chris Loizou, Vice President Maritime Business Line at Orolia. “We are dedicated to product innovation and developing state-of-the-art technologies, and through this collaboration with Saab we will continue to keep people safe while navigating the world’s waterways.”

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