The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) has formed a strategic alliance with Moran Cyber, a maritime tech business providing independent managed cybersecurity services solutions for commercial vessel and port facility operators and the global supply chain. The alliance is focused on supporting organizations with their implementation of unmanned/robotic technology and their security implications for both hardware and software, and data security.
“We are seeing more and more commercial UAS operators standing up large scale, robust UAS operations, and wanting to employ best practices throughout their operation”, stated Josh Olds, President and Co-Founder of USI. Olds added, “USI has been supporting their operational and training best practices, and through our alliance with Moran Cyber, we can fold in cybersecurity solutions that will lend to standards, self-assessments, and risk management solutions to this important issue.”
Moran Cyber has deep field expertise in cybersecurity in maritime and port operations. Moran Cyber’s Managing Director, Alex Soukhanov, commented on their move into UAS, “we have found that our marine clients share many of the same risks and practices with their unmanned aviation-based counterparts concerning digital security. As investments grow in unmanned applications and technology advances, we have an opportunity to ensure the next generation of cybersecurity and data security is built in by design and as an enduring priority for reliability and safety. Additionally, many marine stakeholders are also becoming users of UAS for inspection purposes as well as overall safety enhancements”.
With UAS growth continuing at a significant rate, and more complex operations being performed autonomously around the world, it is essential that every UAS operation incorporate risk management policies and processes for all the key issues including pilot hiring and training, flight operations, cybersecurity, and fleet maintenance. When all of the issues are being properly managed, the value proposition supporting large scale use of UAS can be attained. What is learned in unmanned aviation and robotic technologies could be applied to other unmanned systems.