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Security Considerations for Remote Access Solutions


Nettitude conducts a wide range of vulnerability research across products used within marine and offshore. A recent piece of work included vulnerability assessments and product assurance work for a vendor who have designed and developed remote management systems for vessels. The platform incorporated on-board appliances, 3rd party cloud services and vendor specific technology. This report provides observations and findings from this work and relates it to the risks and impacts found within this type of technology more generally.

The traditional online attack surface for ships is changing. Gone are the years where vessels were put to sea for months at a time with little or no contact made with the shore, with letters awaiting them at their next arrival port and unpredictable journey times and locations.

Even with the advent of satellite phones, GPS tracking and computer-based navigation, a typical ship will still have a much more limited online presence compared to shore based organisations.

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