OceanShield Raises $800,000 to Stop Maritime Cyber Attacks

OceanShield offers novel and patented cybersecurity solutions to protect the Operational Technology (OT) systems of vessels, ports and maritime and offshore infrastructure. Its patented core Intrusion Detection System (IDS) is a hardware/software complex trained to read and analyse the industrial protocols in vessel OT networks and provide real-time intrusion alerts.

While multiple marine IT protection solutions exist, the OT side has largely been ignored due to the specialised knowledge and technology required to offer functional OT protection. Even as digitisation & automation enable increased efficiency in marine operations, they also carry inherent and rarely understood risks of malicious intrusion into vessel control systems. This is especially apparent where lines blur between IT and OT, and when key OT systems come online with IP-based communication capabilities. OceanShield’s R&D team continues to identify new vulnerabilities in typical vessel networks, which would allow an intruder with even moderate skills to compromise critical vessel systems.

Mikhail Zeldovich, managing director of Masik Enterprises, said: “The maritime cybersecurity domain has focused on IT protection until now, while the threats have already matured and migrating into OT, especially with increase in COVID-related remote services and updates. With our deep tech-driven insight on the OT side, OceanShield is uniquely positioned to carve a niche in this nascent market. We are especially encouraged by the fact that we are successfully engaging top maritime players and institutions and receive positive feedback on both the quality and unique technological approach of our IDS.” Zeldovich recently joined OceanShield’s board as its chairman…

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