North P&I Club launches cybersecurity initiative

North P&I Club | January 13, 2020

North P&I Club has launched a new initiative to help its members better understand their vulnerabilities to cyber risk and improve their cybersecurity ahead of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) January 2021 deadline for safety compliance. As part of the initiative, North has partnered with HudsonCyber to offer its members access to the HACyberLogix platform. HACyberLogix is a cloud-based program designed specifically for the maritime industry. It will enable North’s members to assess their cybersecurity capabilities in order to determine what changes need to be made for IMO compliance. During an initial trial period, North’s members will have access to the HACyberLogix Level 1 program with confidential assessments and reporting.

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