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Inmarsat Debuts New Cyber Maritime Offering for Fleet Xpress

By Mark Holmes | April 26, 2022

Rendition of Fleet Xpress. Photo: Inmarsat

Inmarsat is launching a new service designed to provide greater cyber protection to its maritime customers. The product, Fleet Secure Unified Threat Management (UTM), is a standard option on its Fleet Xpress service to protect vessel networks against cyberattacks. Inmarsat announced the product April 25.

Fleet Secure UTM completes a portfolio of Inmarsat cyber security solutions for ship owners, including Fleet Secure Endpoint and Fleet Secure Cyber Awareness Training. It was developed in partnership with maritime Cyber Security specialist Port-IT and is based on consolidating multiple network security tools in a single application.

Inmarsat said that depending on customer preference, Fleet Secure UTM capabilities can include gateway anti-virus software, intrusion detection, and prevention, web-content filtering, and application control. All Fleet Secure UTM users get asset management, alerting, and reporting capability that aligns with International Maritime Organization 2021 compliance on cyber security risk management.

“The benefits of big data and artificial intelligence for ship efficiency, safety, and sustainability are clear, while COVID-19 has highlighted crew connectivity as a crucial issue for our industry. Safeguarding these gains demands cyber awareness and training, endpoint protection, and the layered defences of network protection. With Fleet Secure UTM, Inmarsat is now able to meet all of these requirements as a single vendor,” Ben Palmer, president of Inmarsat Maritime, said in a statement.