GTMaritime Partners with Lastline to Protect Shipboard Email Systems from Malware, Protecting Ships and Cargo, and Keeping Crews Connected
Industry-leading malware detection secures navigation, communication, and other critical onboard systems from advanced malware.
GTMaritime, the leading provider of specialised technologies to ensure vessel compliance, maritime communications and flawless business operability, announced a partnership with Lastline Inc., the leader in advanced network-based malware protection.
GTMaritime’s GTMailPlus solution – a secure, reliable, cloud-based service that optimises essential business and personal communications – now includes Lastline’s industry-leading advanced malware detection technology to ensure ships’ communications, navigation, and other systems are secure from malware.
More than 51,000 commercial ships carrying 90% of the world’s trade goods provide a very large and vulnerable target for cybercriminals. A majority of malware is distributed via email, so securing email is essential for protecting onboard systems from advanced malware that easily evades detection by anti-virus (AV), anti-spam, and other anti-malware technologies.
Cybercriminals target ships at sea for a number of reasons, including ransomware (demanding payment to return control of a ship’s navigation system, for example), identity theft (targeting ship email systems in order to infect unsuspecting crew members), and politically-driven motives. Regardless of the initial motive, the collateral impact of crippling a ship’s communications systems includes isolating the crew from friends and family.
Shipping giant Maersk experienced this as they were hit in 2017 with an attack which cost them between $250-$300million. The Head of the company called for all businesses to stop being naive about security, saying organisations of any size – even the mightiest – will experience disruptions if they don’t take security seriously.
The added security that Lastline will now deliver provides immense value to our customers. This market leading software greatly diminishes the risk of malware infecting critical systems that could lead to devastating results. When the risks are this high, only the best technology will suffice. – noted Robert Kenworthy, CEO at GTMaritime
GTMaritime chose Lastline as they had been consistently identified as the most effective at detecting advanced malware when tested by independent third parties. For the second year in a row, Lastline achieved 100 percent security effectiveness in the 2017 NSS Labs Breach Detection Systems Group Test. Prior to Lastline achieving 100 percent detection in the 2016 Breach Detection test, no other product had achieved this result in any NSS test. In addition, the 2016 Forrester Wave™: Automated Malware Analysis Q2 Report identifies Lastline as the strongest offering on the market.
Brian Laing, Lastline CRO says,
We’re honoured that GTMaritime selected Lastline for their malware detection. We have a long history of partnering with market-leading companies that, after extensive vetting, identified Lastline as superior to alternatives. In such a unique market, we’re pleased that we can do our part to ensure the safety of ships at sea, as well as their cargo and crews
GTMaritime deployed the Lastline sensor in-line in full Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) mode to isolate, independently analyse, and block malicious attachments and URLs before they are routed to recipients’. Traditional anti-virus software works so people are affected before the virus is detected. Our partnership with Lastline has been introduced in response to customer feedback to mitigate that risk, which means GTMailPlus customers can be protected.
Furthermore, the Lastline analysis provides evidence-based reporting so that GT Maritime’s incident response engineers have complete transparency. Lastline malware detection, fully integrated with GTMaritime’s GTMailPlus, is available immediately.
GTMaritime specialise in providing market leading solutions and services that serve to ensure vessel compliance and business operability 365 days a year, as well as keeping crew in touch with friends and family whilst at sea. 2018 marks our 20th anniversary providing independent, satellite communication specific software for maritime vessels of all shapes and sizes. With over 100+ years of combined maritime experience, we operate from two offices – one in the UK and the other in Singapore – as well as increasingly through an established and growing network of resellers and partners from around the world.
GTMailPlus enables secure and reliable essential business communication in an optimised manner, developed specifically for the maritime industry to deliver performance, reliability and intelligent thinking. This service also includes a web dashboard allowing for remote configuration and administration of vessels, making life easier for both crew and shore based IT Teams.
Cyber security plays an ever increasingly-important role in the Maritime industry. To that effect we present industry leading solutions with GTSentinel Anti-Virus Solution, ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) and Anti-Phishing services.
Data storage and transfer are implemented with secure, cloud-based Archiving whilst GTRAFT provides Automated File Transfer. With 4500+ vessels worldwide using GTMaritime’s Services backed up by 24/7/365 GTSupport, we are trusted by national and independent shipping companies and satellite communication providers.
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