Technical Steering Committee agrees CIRM Strategic Technical Plan

During its meeting on 25th February, the CIRM Technical Steering Committee agreed CIRM’s 2020 Strategic Technical Plan.

Formerly known as the “Executive Summary”, the Strategic Technical Plan identifies the technical matters that will be assigned highest priority by CIRM. The underlying work will be undertaken by the Technical Office supported by CIRM’s Working Groups.

Alongside long-standing subjects such as GMDSS Modernization, the Marine Equipment Directive and Shipboard Software Maintenance, the 2020 plan includes new subjects such as future maritime communications, participation in standards development and automated ship reporting.

Many of the changes made to the latest Strategic Technical Plan resulted from discussions held during the 2019 Annual Technical Workshop, meaning that CIRM members have directly influenced the content of CIRM’s high-level technical strategy.

The Strategic Technical Plan will be made available to CIRM members next week.

CIRM launches Cyber Risk Code of Practice

We are pleased to announce that today (4th Feb 2020) CIRM has published two important documents:

  • CIRM Cyber Risk Code of Practice for Vendors of Marine Electronic Equipment and Services
  • CIRM Guideline GL-002 – Implementing the CIRM Cyber Risk Code of Practice

Both documents are available on the Publications section of the CIRM website:

The Code and Guideline were developed over two years by the CIRM Cyber Risk Working Group and subsequently approved by the Technical Steering Committee. We are sincerely thankful to all of you who provided your valuable input.

The Code is intended to be used by Vendors of marine electronic equipment and services, including producers of shipboard Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) equipment, system integrators, service suppliers and Communications Service Providers in the marine electronics industry (collectively referred to as ‘Vendors’). The Code will enable them to implement effective and cost-efficient cyber security best practice derived from both the marine and other industries. As such, it represents CIRM’s view of cyber security best practice.

The Code consists of six guiding principles for Vendors to establish their role in the chain of trust for a secure digital maritime environment.