At our 2018 FSO Symposium in New Orleans this month, a representative from Coast Guard Headquarters confirmed that a draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) for Cybersecurity is in the works. Per the Coast Guard, a NVIC "provides detailed guidance about the enforcement or compliance with certain Federal marine safety regulations and Coast Guard marine safety programs. While NVIC's are non-directive…they are important ‘tools’ for complying with the law." While an exact timeline for Coast Guard and DHS approval is unclear, 8-12 months was suggested.
To prepare you for the forthcoming NVIC, we have worked with our cybersecurity partners, MAD Security, to offer a very affordable Cyber Security 360 Health Check that provides a running head start. Many companies will push for services that are tens of thousands of dollars right off the bat. What most organizations really need is what the 360 Health Check includes: an external network vulnerability assessment/scan and an assessment of defense strategy and technology. The deliverable includes an overall rating, as well as ratings in subcategories along with specific recommendations for how to resolve gaps. More information can be found here: http://www.madsecurity.com/360_deg_health_check/