Thursday, February 20, 2020

Trusted CI delivers final engagement report to US Academic Research Fleet

ARF comprises 18 vessels and the supporting infrastructure equipped to serve the needs of the oceanographic research community.  In the second half of 2019, Trusted CI and the US Academic Research Fleet (ARF) collaborated in an engagement to address the cybersecurity needs of ARF’s research vessels.

The engagement began by determining how the engagement should be scoped. ARF identified the most crucial security related issues they would like to address, including establishing  a unified cyberinfrastructure security plan that will both serve the evolving security needs of its community and prepare the ARF for operational cybersecurity requirements due to be enforced by the  International Maritime Organization 2021 cybersecurity regulations.

The first month was spent gathering information from ARF and policies and information from all ships in the fleet.  The Trusted CI engagement team visited four research vessels after the initial data gathering and presented an introduction to cybersecurity to the ARF personnel at the RVTEC meeting.
Trusted CI and ARF on the R/V Robert Gordon Sproul
The engagement culminated with Trusted CI delivering a 40-page final report to the ARF containing collected observations, a set of recommendations ordered by impact, and additional materials that could be used to enhance the budding cybersecurity efforts of the fleet. ARF plans to share this report with stakeholders within their community in order to help improve cybersecurity controls and practices.

During this engagement, Trusted CI staff worked with ARF to review policies and procedures, toured 4 different classes of research vessels, interviewed crew members of ships, and met with research vessel technology specialists at the research vessel technology (RVTEC) meeting in Alaska.

The Academic Research Fleet is funded by multiple NSF grants managed by the division of Ocean Sciences (Award # 1823600, 1824571, 1827383, 1827415, 1827444, 1822574, 1822670, 1824508, 1829214, 1830845, 1823566, 1822532, 1823567, 1823042, 1822954, 1827437, 1822905, 1827654, 1834650) and is a collaboration of multiple institutions.  Trusted CI would like to thank the following institutions and organizations for their collaboration in the engagement: Academic Research Fleet, Columbia University, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, Oregon State University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Hawaiʻi, University of Miami, University of Minnesota, University of Rhode Island, University of Washington, University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.