Port-IT launches maritime cyber security service

Port-IT launches unique maritime Cyber Security service with 24/7 SOC services.

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 WatchGuard.com.