IMO 2021

Cyber Security Guidelines

What is IMO 2021?

By International Maritime Organization (IMO) resolution, no later than a ship’s first annual Document of Compliance audit after 1 January 2021, every Safety Management System must be documented as having included cyber risk management, in line with the International Safety Management Code.


These guidelines provide high-level recommendations to safeguard shipping from current and emerging cyber threats and vulnerabilities and include functional elements that support effective cyber risk management. 

Basically; Identifying the IT connected devices, Protecting the IT network, Detecting any (possible) threats, Responding and/or acting to any threats and Recovering the network in case so required. 

Shipowners need to realize cyber security is a necessity, not an accessory. 

Cyber preparedness is required to meet the IMO safety requirements. In order to comply, ships must be able to demonstrate what assets, personnel and procedures are in place on board and ashore to deal with cyber risk issues, what happens if systems are compromised and who has control. Compliance will depend on having the right risk management, infrastructure and procedures in place.

Are you ready?

We can help you in the process of becoming IMO compliant and at the same time, equally if not more important, protect your ship against cyber threats. The solution is VANIR – a powerful cybersecurity suite specially designed for ships. VANIR offers much more than your basic anti-virus with multiple layers of security it bolsters full protection using different security features, including UTM. At the same time, it offers asset management and monitoring and visibility options. VANIR offers owners a scanning and record-keeping tool for complete documentation.  

And it is just the additional features below that ensure you are able to meet the IMO 2021 requirements.

Complete network control

Complete network control

A full arsenal of scanning engines protect your vessel against spyware and viruses, malicious apps and data leakage.
Endpoint Protection

Advanced endpoint protection

The Gartner-recognized ESET Endpoint Security offers advanced monitoring and manageability options.
Asset Management

Asset management & network control

Powerful scanning and monitoring module that will detect devices on the local network that do or do not have VANIR installed.
247 monitoring, alerting, reporting

24/7 monitoring, alerting & reporting

All components are 24/7 monitored and logged from an ISO 27001 certified Port-IT security operations center.

Risk management

A risk assessment can be performed to assist in IMO 2021 compliancy.

For more information about IMO 2021 please check out the official IMO website: or download the whitepaper Cyber Security Requirements for IMO 2021 issued by our partner Inmarsat