The ‘VBH-Atlas Solutions’ include 24/7 live support by military-trained analysts

Dutch systems integrator Van Berge Henegouwen and Atlas Cybersecurity of the US have joined forces to ramp up security on superyachts for owners, their families, guests and crew.

Marking the launch of its partnership with Atlas, VBH is offering a free, five-day superyacht “cybersecurity assessment” developed by Atlas Cybersecurity.

That assessment will show “what issues there are and what action is required,” Atlas CEO Benjamin Dynkin said at the Monaco Yacht Show last week. “It explains how to protect owners and their family, guests and crew.”

The VBH-Atlas partnership reflects rising concern about cybersecurity, an issue that is seen to have fallen by the wayside in recent years as builders stuffed superyachts with smart technologies to make life on board more fun, more relaxed and more luxurious.

Atlas has worked on security issues with Fortune 500 companies and military and intelligence officials. In VBH it finds a partner that in 30 years has equipped 200-plus superyachts with operation and information technologies using a network of suppliers. VBH employs 150 specialists, has offices worldwide and offers 24/7 support.

Atlas takes the view that a modern superyacht is an enterprise-grade network, packed with entertainment, lighting, control and other systems.

The ‘VBH-Atlas Solutions’ include 24/7 live support by military-trained analysts who investigate suspicious and malicious activity. Importantly, they don’t access files or information, but leverage artificial intelligence and advanced analytics to analyze metadata – information electronic systems produce about the data they process.

The London-based International Maritime Organization (IMO) has drafted cyber risk management guidelines for covered vessels to include in their ship security plans as of January 1, 2021.

Atlas Cybersecurity operates on the basis of security norms developed by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. These are designed to be useful to anything from local governments to international financial institutions to high-tech companies. Atlas says that makes them a useful benchmark for the vast differences in the size and scope of vessels, including unique systems in superyachts.