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IMO 2021 Cyber Risk Management Guidelines: What to Know and How to Comply

April 8, 2020 | 9:00 - 10:00 am CDT

IMO 2021 Cyber Risk Management Guidelines - What to know and how to comply

The cyber threat landscape continues to evolve, requiring new capabilities in cyber risk management (CRM). To support ship owners and operators with CRM, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) recommends developing a comprehensive set of security measures that span across your operations.

IMO's 2017 Resolution encourages organizations to address cyber risk in a safety management system (SMS) no later than the first annual verification of the company's Document of Compliance after 1 January 2021. Compliance to meet the IMO Cyber Risk Management Guidelines will require assessing, identifying and developing the set of risk-based security measures appropriate to manage cyber risks.

What We Cover:

This webinar reviews the IMO Cyber Risk Management Guidelines and the steps you need to take to reduce the likelihood and impact of a cyber incident utilizing services that support your path to compliance

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Ian Bramson, Global Head of Cybersecurity at ABS Group

Ian Bramson heads the Global Cybersecurity organization at ABS Group, an affiliate of ABS, where he works closely with senior executives across the maritime sector to help minimize their cybersecurity risks. For over 20 years, Ian has helped organizations adapt to their digital environments and solve business challenges related to industrial cybersecurity, risk management and digital transformation. He is a recognized thought leader and market developer in the emerging threat landscape of attacks on industrial operations and critical infrastructure. Ian has a bachelor's degree in Economics and English from Cornell University.

Dennis Hackney, Head of Cyber Solutions Development

Dennis Hackney is the head of ABS Group Cyber Solutions Development. He is a specialist in the integration of IT and OT cyber risk management solutions for marine and offshore environments with over 20 years of experience in technology security compliance. He leads compliance and technology development solutions, executing programs that address today’s most ominous cybersecurity needs, and oversees deployment of new services for large-scale commercial and Government fleets. He holds a PhD in Information Security from Capella University.

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides technical advisory and certification services to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in the oil, gas and chemical, power generation, marine, offshore and government sectors, among others. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals globally. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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