Bureau Veritas and IQ Solutions announce new collaboration

Bureau Veritas (BV) has awarded type approval certification to ‘VCell’ from IQ Solutions.

Bureau Veritas and IQ Solutions announce new collaboration

VCell is a fully integrated ICT solution, specifically designed to meet the needs of the maritime industry. VCell provides a smooth, secure, fully controlled, consolidated, centralized and multi-functional IT environment onboard for digital infrastructure and ship-to-shore communications that are managed and administered remotely on a 24-hour basis.

During the early stages of the VCell certification process, Bureau Veritas provided guidance for its cyber security requirements and protection of critical assets, such as component hardening; user profiles; authentication; encryption; storage; connections; and remote access.

Bureau Veritas and IQ Solutions have established rigorous evaluation and monitoring procedures of VCell to ensure the integrity and availability of information. A survey was performed to validate specific points such as equipment compliance; accounts and security policies; network architecture and security; as well as recovery and patch management procedures.

Vincent Lagny, Head of Cyber Security for Bureau Veritas, Marine & Offshore, commented:

“This certificate is proof that VCell meets Bureau Veritas’s cyber rule requirements. More importantly, this is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the cyber experts from both our companies. Relationships based on trust are the cornerstone to the way we work with stakeholders to build a solid cyber security eco-system.”

Paris Papanastasiou, Managing Director and CEO of IQ Solutions, said:

"Working with Bureau Veritas and reaching full compliance with BV’s cyber security rules was an unparalleled experience. BV’s professionalism and vast know-how in both ICT and the maritime industry, contributed to the completion of our vision, classifying VCell as a full compliant for a Cyber Safety, 360° vessel ICT ecosystem, for the world merchant fleet to enjoy."