Cyber security is developing into a major business sector in the leisure and commercial boat sectors, with major players enhancing their defences to combat what is an area of increasing concern.

With the perceived threat of cyber attacks on the marine industry, a number of classification societies are expanding their involvement in the sector and their capacity to provide clients with suitable products.

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has announced that it has acquired the cyber security services provider Nettitude, that was established in 2003 and describes itself “as a research-led organisation with some of the most sophisticated technical capabilities in the industry”.

Nettitude currently employs 140 people and provides cyber security assurance, risk management and managed detection and response services on a 24/7 basis to organisations around the globe.

“This is an important acquisition for Lloyd’s Register to enhance our capability in assuring the increasingly complex supply chains in which we operate,” said LR CEO, Alastair Marsh. “Information and operational technology security is a key concern for our clients across all sectors, as we see increasing dependencies on technology and challenges created by Industry 4.0.”

“As the worlds of Information Technology and Operating Technology collide, the need to build integrated cyber security solutions will become essential,” commented Nettitude Founder and CEO, Rowland Johnson. He pointed to LR’s geographic reach, and “vision for how technology and data will influence industry.”

LR already provides a range of cyber security services to its clients, including certification, compliance, training, audit and security consulting.