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Inmarsat plans to launch cyber security app

Fri 06 May 2016 by Martyn Wingrove

Inmarsat plans to launch cyber security app
Global Xpress is distributed over the new Inmarsat-5 constellation of Boeing-built satellites

Inmarsat is planning to launch a cyber security service as the first application on its new Fleet Xpress satellite communications solution for shipping. The London-based company has been working with Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) to develop a specialised application for reducing the risk of cyber attacks on ships.

The solution will use Singtel Trustwave’s Unified Threat Management (UTM) technology over Inmarsat’s combined Global Xpress and FleetBroadband service. Trustwave has developed a suite of cyber security defences, such as advanced firewalls, antivirus, intrusion preventors and web filters for other sectors.

Inmarsat Maritime president Ronald Spithout said the shipping industry needs to take action against cyber threats with solutions such as UTM. He added: “Cyber security is very important for shipping. In future months we will provide cyber security for vessels with Fleet Xpress as an optional application. With Fleet Xpress and applications we are redefining communications at sea.”

Fleet Xpress was commercially launched on 31 March and uses the Global Xpress Ka-band network, which is transmitted over the Inmarsat-5 constellation of Boeing-built satellites. So far there are 140 Global Xpress terminals in operation or being tested, and three distributors of Fleet Xpress to shipowners, Inmarsat managers confirmed.

Cyber security solutions will be a key element of discussion at Riviera’s upcoming Maritime Cyber Risk Management Summit on 21 June, in London. This will be held in association with Norton Rose Fulbright and Marine Electronics & Communications. For further information, including sponsorship and exhibiting, please email

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