21 November 2017

New Partnership with University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth and Information Risk Management Ltd part of the Altran Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will see them join forces on a range of research projects within the maritime cyber security sector.

For more information, see the news release below.

University of Plymouth signs agreement with Information Risk Management Ltd to address maritime cyber security threat

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Two organisations with extensive expertise across the maritime sector have agreed to work together to maintain the UK’s place at the forefront of maritime cyber security thinking.

The University of Plymouth and Information Risk Management Ltd (an Altran UK company) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will see them join forces on a range of research projects.

They include assessing the current vulnerability of the current maritime sector to cyber-attacks, and developing industry standards which ship personnel will need to adhere to in the future.

The agreement states that since ships are responsible for carrying 95% of UK imports and exports, an effective, robust and reliable maritime sector is critical to the UK economy.

The sector is increasingly dependent on globally connected systems to meet a growing international trade market, and the UK maritime sector accounts for in excess of £10bn revenue and employs more than 100,000 people.

Professor Kevin Jones, Executive Dean in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Plymouth, said: “The extent of global dependence on shipping for trade means it is essential the industry is resilient against the threat of cyber-attack. There have been emerging examples of ships being targeted in this way, and I hope this partnership will make tangible process in developing systems and standards that will ensure we can ward off such incidents in the future.”

Charles White, Chief Executive Officer of Information Risk Management Ltd, added: Having spent a great many years help protect critical national infrastructure I am delighted to announce a collaboration between IRM and the University of Plymouth, who I regard at the forefront of research into maritime technology. The cyber security threat to the shipping trade and naval operations is growing exponentially as there is an ever-increasing reliance on technology. This partnership, combining expertise in many technical disciplines is born of a desire to make a real difference to such a critical part of the world’s economy.”

The University of Plymouth is a world-class maritime university. It runs a range of maritime courses while its Maritime Cyber Threats Research Group brings together leading multi-disciplinary research and practical expertise from across the University and beyond.

IRM Ltd is based in Cheltenham and has 19 years of cyber security expertise across many sectors. Trusted by over 750 customers in 25 countries and numerous divisions of UK Government, IRM’s expertise highlights vulnerabilities whilst reducing risk across people, places, interactions, processes, and technology.

The new partnership will aim to make noteworthy progress in the understanding of cyber risk and its mitigation, through key research areas including Vulnerability analysis for existing ship-based systems; Threat assessment methodology for ship-based operations, including human decision making; Supply chain vulnerability for maritime operations; Process and training tools/courses to decrease cyber-attack vulnerability; Understanding psychological perceptions of, and response to, risk and threat; and the development of assessment (certification) standards for future ship-based Cyber Security personnel.


Notes to Editors

Attached is a picture showing (from left) Professor Kevin Jones, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at The University of Plymouth, with Andy Jones, Head of Training & Development, and Charles White, Chief Executive Officer, from IRM Security.

For more information about this news release, contact University of Plymouth Media & Communications Officer Alan Williams on 01752 588004 or email alan.williams@plymouth.ac.uk.

About the University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth is renowned for high quality, internationally-leading education, research, and innovation.

With a mission to Advance Knowledge and Transform Lives, Plymouth is a *top 50 research university with clusters of world-class research across a wide range of disciplines including marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics, and psychology. A twice winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education, the University of Plymouth continues to grow in stature and reputation.

It has a strong track record for teaching and learning excellence and has one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university. With 21,000 students, and a further 17,000 studying for a Plymouth degree at partner institutions in the UK and around the world, and over 100,000 alumni pursuing their chosen careers globally, it has a growing global presence.


* Research Fortnight Research Power League Table 2014.

About Information Risk Management (IRM)

IRM works to defend organisations against cyber threats.

Founded in 1998, IRM provides visibility and control across entire cyber landscapes by combining more than 19 years of consultancy with advanced software technology.  By covering all aspects of cyber security from PCI compliance to automated threat intelligence, IRM supports organisations at every step of their cyber maturity journey.

IRM is part of the Altran Group. Altran is a global leader in Engineering and R&D services (ER&D), and offers its clients a new way to innovate by developing the products and services of tomorrow. Altran works alongside its clients on every link in the value chain of their project, from conception to industrialization. For over thirty years, the Group has provided its expertise to key players in the Aerospace, Automotive, Defence, Energy, and Finance, Life Sciences, Railway, and Telecom sectors, among others. In 2016, the Altran group generated revenues of €2.120bn. With a headcount of more than 30,000 employees, Altran is present in more than 20 countries.