Port-IT launches maritime cyber security service

Port-IT Vanir provides maritime vessels with affordable top-class security, with proper network security it is possible to foresee the future.

Port-IT has developed a new full security package for maritime vessels, Port-IT Vanir. Port-IT worked in collaboration with WatchGuard to create a unique maritime UTM (Unified Threat Management) configuration that is completely shore manageable by Port-IT.  All computers will be protected by a custom implementation of ESET endpoint security.  Signatures will be updated every day and synced between the shore and vessel using Port-It’s specially created software. Port-IT Vanir’s endpoint security has more options than traditional antivirus such as a firewall and botnet protection, with WatchGuard software installed for multi engine detection.

“The increasing demand for maritime vessel connectivity is set to continue and as such there is a clear and immediate need for an enterprise solution,” said Youri Hart, Managing Director at Port-IT. “Budgets in shipping are still very strict and I am a big advocate of the slogan ‘if you can’t afford to protect it, you should not connect it’. This is why we have created Port-IT Vanir. To ensure vessels can be both connected and protected at an affordable price.”

The WatchGuard UTM uses highly rated security vendors for network security such as Kaspersky, Bitdefender, Websense and Lastline. “WatchGuard Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances are designed from the ground up to focus on ease of deployment, use, and ongoing management, in addition to providing the strongest security possible. Our unique approach to network security focuses on bringing best-in-class, enterprise-grade security to any organization, regardless of size or technical expertise. This makes it ideal for tackling the unique security challenges faced by martime vessels,” said Martijn Nielen at WatchGuard.

Port-IT also provides 24/7 network security monitoring and detailed reports. These reports will contain the status of the PCs on-board and their network infrastructure. A certified network/security engineer will be able to analyze this report, draw conclusions and implement changes that will further enhance and improve the security of the network. For example, if the ECR PC is constantly trying to access a forbidden website, Port-IT Vanir will block this or monitor crew internet usage and decrease the bandwidth so that vessel critical communication will always take place at the same speeds.

The Vanir service will be monitored from Port-IT’s new Security Operating Center. This is not within the Port-IT office but in an ISO certified remote facility and has high availability features such as redundant power and multiple internet connections via various providers. The center is physically secured by biometric recognition features and a 24/7 gate security.

Vanir will be available for a monthly fee per vessel so that ship owners don’t have to take a big cash out when starting as such devices are very costly.

To learn more, please contact Port-IT at: [email protected]

About Port-IT

Port-IT is a maritime IT cybersecurity provider. With over 20 years of experience Port-IT offers a wide range of solutions that will fill your cybersecurity needs of every customer. These solutions are tailored to fit the maritime market perfectly and are offered at extremely competitive price points. Port-IT has developed numerous solutions to common cybersecurity issues on board vessels, one of which is the most popular and highest rated anti-virus solution on the maritime market today. Port-IT has proved time and time again that it is a highly reliable partner to tackle all sorts of maritime cyber security challenges.

About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader in network security, secure Wi-Fi, and network intelligence products and services to more than 75,000 customers worldwide. The company’s mission is to make enterprise-grade security accessible to companies of all types and sizes through simplicity, making WatchGuard an ideal solution for distributed enterprises and SMBs. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit

Port-IT at the Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum

Port-IT will participate during the Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum, as a progressive maritime IT company and long standing platinum ESET partner, Port-IT will be there to answer any questions you might have about proper IT network setups. What are obstacles to avoid and how can they be avoided? Often companies spend a small fortune on purchasing hardware which actually does not solve the problem they have.

Feel free to ask one of our representatives during this forum for more information on unique Port-IT services like IRIS an e-mail scanner that uses over 55+ anti-virus engines to reduce the chance of any possible infections reaching your vessel or office network, Port-IT can also offer guidance about proper secure IT network setups. Don’t hesitate to contact us whether it be at the forum or by means of any other communication.

For more information on this forum please visit the website or contact Port-IT, we hope to see you at the Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum.


Earlier in 2016 Port-IT released Remote IRIS, an in-house developed, designed and built solution.
Remote IRIS is a sophisticated multi engine attachment scanner specialized in detecting zero-day viruses (Zero-day viruses are viruses that have not been detected by most Anti-Virus software) using more than 55 different Anti-Virus vendors all over the world. Port-IT quickly noticed that a more automated system was needed to offer even better protection to vessels as manually sending these files was not always done. We use these files to compare the results of IRIS and other known E-mail scanning solutions. IRIS is able to detect these viruses easily, every time. This shows the lack of protection a single scanner E-mail system has.

The IRIS scanners update multiple times a day, this in combination with the new automated implementations makes IRIS the best E-mail scanning solution on the market today.

But why use a multi-vendor approach, is one antivirus not enough?
The answer to that is not an easy yes or no.

Worldwide multi engine scanning is of upmost importance in any market, an Anti-Virus vendor in China will more quickly protect its users against a virus that is built in China than against a virus that was built in the United States. This isn’t on purpose, it’s just the effect that time zone differences have.
Although anti-virus vendors do deliver signatures during their local night-time, they can run somewhat behind as they may not necessarily be fully staffed at that time. The origin of the outbreak is also important; often the country or region where that virus was built is the region that it will be detected first. This also helps with zero-days. A zero-day in the Netherlands may have already been detected in China, with IRIS you can be protected against these kinds of threats

Using a broad spectrum approach of all these different Anti-virus Vendors we are doing everything we can to scan E-mails against the newest threats. Since our clients vessels travel all over the world, and threats differ from one country to another, we need to incorporate many different local Anti-Virus vendors into one product to offer you the best protection for your vessels.

IRIS is offered in 3 different implementation methods, fitting any digital infrastructure already in place and will help sail your ship to the shore of digital security and beyond. In our production environment we noticed that for example only 5 of the 55+ anti-virus engines successfully detected a new zero-day virus.

This means that the products of more than 50 anti-Virus vendors did not successfully detect a threat, if that product was protecting your email providers email scanning you would have received the threat and when executed would have become the victim of a ransomware attack.

Since February of 2016 we have achieved a 100% detection rate of all ransomware. The implementation of IRIS can be very simple and ship owners using IRIS can be sure that they have done everything that is possible to prevent ransomware reaching their vessels computer network. IRIS is a unique system and is designed and built by Port-IT. For existing Antivirus customers of Port-IT and based on a fair use policy Port-IT IRIS is free to use.

If you would like to learn more about IRIS, please contact Port-IT at [email protected] .

Maritime Cyber Risk Management Summit

Port-IT will attend on the Maritime Cyber risk Management Summit on June 21st 2016 in London. This event is targeted to bring more awareness to ship owners/ managers and to inform them of the options available to protect them from these cyber threats. During the event Port-IT will demonstrate live hacking demos (on test systems of course). Next to that will show our newest service for email protection IRIS which is unbeatable against any other product currently in use for email security.

Iris Detection

Port-IT Hack Demo using Kali Metasploit

The video shows you how easy it is to trick a user to open files and to hack a PC by tools freely available on the internet such as Kali Linux and Metasploit. It shows two commons scenarios in which infection can happen by tricking a user to visit a false webpage or sending a infected attachment.

Locky Ransomware Whitepaper

We got a lot of questions about Crypto viruses such as Locky and why antivirus systems can’t remove these infections once a PC was infected. Last month we distributed an whitepaper on this topic, this whitepaper covered all these topics and more. The white paper can be downloaded by pressing on this link: