GTMaritime selects Lastline to protect shipboard email systems from malware, protecting ships and cargo, and keeping crews connected

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GTMaritime, the provider of specialised technologies to ensure vessel compliance, maritime communications and flawless business operability, has announced a partnership with advanced network-based malware protection provider Lastline.

GTMaritime’s GTMailPlus solution – a secure, reliable, cloud-based service that optimises essential business and personal communications – now includes Lastline’s industry-leading advanced malware detection technology to ensure ships’ communications, navigation, and other systems are secure from malware.

A majority of malware is distributed via email, so securing email is essential for protecting onboard systems from advanced malware that easily evades detection by anti-virus (AV), anti-spam, and other anti-malware technologies.

Cybercriminals target ships at sea for a number of reasons, including ransomware (demanding payment to return control of a ship’s navigation system, for example), identity theft (targeting ship email systems in order to infect unsuspecting crew members), and politically-driven motives. Regardless of the initial motive, the collateral impact of crippling a ship’s communications systems includes isolating the crew from friends and family.

Shipping giant Maersk experienced this when they were hit in 2017 with an attack which cost them between $250-$300million. The Head of the company called for all businesses to stop being naive about security, saying organisations of any size – even the mightiest – will experience disruptions if they don’t take security seriously.

“The added security that Lastline will now deliver provides immense value to our customers,” noted Rob Kenworthy, (CEO at GTMaritime). “This market leading software greatly diminishes the risk of malware infecting critical systems that could lead to devastating results. When the risks are this high, only the best technology will suffice.”

GTMaritime chose Lastline as they had been consistently identified as the most effective at detecting advanced malware when tested by independent third parties. For the second year in a row, Lastline achieved 100% security effectiveness in the 2017 NSS Labs Breach Detection Systems Group Test. Prior to Lastline achieving 100 percent detection in the 2016 Breach Detection test, no other product had achieved this result in any NSS test. In addition, the 2016 Forrester Wave: Automated Malware Analysis Q2 Report identifies Lastline as the strongest offering on the market.

Brian Laing, Lastline CRO said: “We’re honoured that GTMaritime selected Lastline for their malware detection. We have a long history of partnering with market-leading companies that, after extensive vetting, identified Lastline as superior to alternatives. In such a unique market, we’re pleased that we can do our part to ensure the safety of ships at sea, as well as their cargo and crews.”

GTMaritime deployed the Lastline sensor in-line in full Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) mode to isolate, independently analyse, and block malicious attachments and URLs before they are routed to recipients’. Traditional anti-virus software works so people are affected before the virus is detected. Our partnership with Lastline has been introduced in response to customer feedback to mitigate that risk, which means GTMailPlus customers can be protected.

Furthermore, the Lastline analysis provides evidence-based reporting so that GT Maritime’s incident response engineers have complete transparency. Lastline malware detection, fully integrated with GTMaritime’s GTMailPlus, is available immediately.