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ABS Confirmed as Global Leader in Maritime Cyber Security at Seatrade Awards

May 9, 2019

Second Cyber Award in 2019 Underscores Industry Leading Position

(LONDON) The industry leading ABS FCI Cyber Risk™ Methodology has won the Cyber Security Award at the annual Seatrade Maritime Awards.

The Seatrade award for the ABS proprietary FCI Cyber Risk™ Methodology follows a top industry award from Smart4Sea magazine earlier this year, confirming ABS as the global leader in cybersecurity for the maritime and offshore industries.

"ABS remains at the forefront of safety leadership. As our safety world transforms and focuses on the systems we don’t see, such as software and digital, cyber is quickly adding a new dimension to safety systems," said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO. "I am very proud to confirm that ABS continues to live its mission by leading in this new frontier and we are recognized as the industry leader.

Gary Kelly, ABS Director, receives the 2019 Seatrade Cyber Security Award. Gary Kelly, ABS Group Director of Offshore, receives the 2019 Seatrade Cyber Security Award. Image courtesy of Seatrade.

"ABS leads the way in helping the marine and offshore industries tackle the cyber threat. No other solution makes it so straightforward for operators and owners to gain such a deep understanding of their cyber risk and the steps they can take to improve it," said Russ Medeiros, Vice President, ABS Advanced Solutions.

ABS developed the groundbreaking new FCI Cyber Risk™ methodology to measure cyber security risk associated with operational technology, providing clients a calculated risk index for vessels, fleets and facilities. The approach quantifies cyber security risk and gives owners and operators an actionable strategy to reduce cyber risk onboard a vessel. Effectively, it places the controls for responding to cyber risks back into the hands of the asset owner.

The ABS FCI Cyber Risk™ Methodology was developed following a two-year research contract with the Maritime Security Center—a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence—led by Stevens Institute of Technology and including the US Department of Defense.

Source: American Bureau of Shipping


About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (ABS Group) and its operating subsidiaries provide risk management solutions and certification services worldwide that help clients address the safety, integrity, quality and environmental efficiency of critical assets and operations. Headquartered in Spring, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1200 professionals across the globe, serving the marine and offshore, oil, gas and chemical, government, power and energy and industrial sectors. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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