VESSEL classification society ClassNK has announced the first software security certifications have been awarded to ship management solution “MACK”.

Developed by Solverminds Solutions & Technologies, a software company that specialises in digital ship technology, “MACK” is a comprehensive digital ship management solution that supports a data-driven decision-making system to ensure onboard cyber security.

“MACK” was found to be compliant with the guidelines outlined in ClassNK’s cyber security approach and directions for software security.

“MACK”  includes digital tools aimed at reducing cyber security risks in shipboard software. ClassNK issued certificates for three “MACK” applications, including a web application, audit application, and notification mobile application.

Yasushi Seto, regional manager of ClassNK for Southeast Asia and Oceania said, “Cyber security is currently drawing significant attention in the industry, and we are truly honored to be involved in such cutting-edge efforts as a certification body”.

“This marks our very first software security certification, and it undoubtedly stands as a significant milestone for us.”

Guidelines for shipboard software security were developed in collaboration with ClassNK’s partner TÜV Rheinland, and outlined the recommended security measures to take throughout the development, integration, and operation stages of the software. ClassNK conducts the third-party certification based on the guidelines.

Ritesh Sood, managing director & co-founder of Solverminds said, “Cyber threats and vulnerabilities need to be tackled with a high degree of diligence by all stakeholders in the maritime industry”.

“In today’s digital landscape, Ship Management companies increasingly expect support from software providers to prioritize cyber risk management to support in safe and secure ship management.”

“MACK’s assessment and certification by ClassNK for Software Security onboard ships, demonstrates Solverminds’ commitment in meeting these expectations, enhancing our collective security posture and providing a secure product for Ship Management Companies.”

Ramesh Nadarajah, managing director of TÜV Rheinland Singapore said, “The Maritime Industry is going through a Paradigm Shift. Ships are becoming more connected with a variety of Applications being implemented within the ships”.

“In this situation, together with ClassNK, TÜV Rheinland developed “The Guidelines for Software Security” and joined the assessment of this project from an expert’s perspective. TÜV Rheinland will continue to provide our Cybersecurity services to further ensure Maritime Security.” ClassNK released its shipboard cyber security approach and guidelines for software security in 2019.