zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Classification society ABS and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) collaborated to develop cyber security requirements for the ABS Cyber Security-Ready (CS-Ready) Notation for marine assets.The classification society issued HHI the first-of-its-kind CS-Ready Notation to a large-scale commercial vessel, a very large crude carrier (VLCC), delivered in November.“Achieving this CS-Ready Notation makes HHI a frontrunner in ship cyber security technology and means HHI is well prepared for future certifications, which are becoming increasingly strict,” said Joo Won-ho, Director of the HHI Corporate Research Center.“These cyber security requirements will be integrated into HHI’s newly constructed ships, including LNG carriers, and will give HHI products the competitive edge, leading to increased market leadership.”The FCI Cyber Risk model quantifies cyber risk, measuring critical systems such as navigation and propulsion, digital networks connecting functions, and people or devices accessing connections.HHI implemented the requirements on the vessel at its yard in Korea. ABS cyber security specialists examined the cyber-readiness of the critical control systems onboard including vessel management systems, navigation and communication systems.
Highlights from the news file for Thursday, Sept. 14———UNITED STATES MAY NOT DEFEND CANADA FROM MISSILE: Current U.S. policy directs the American military not to defend Canada if it is targeted in a ballistic missile attack, says the top Canadian officer at the North American Aerospace Defence Command. “We’re being told in Colorado Springs that the extant U.S. policy is not to defend Canada,” said Lt.-Gen. Pierre St-Amand, deputy commander of Colorado-based Norad. “That is the policy that’s stated to us. So that’s the fact that I can bring to the table.” St-Amand delivered that revelation Thursday during an appearance before the House of Commons defence committee, which is studying the extent to which Canada is ready for an attack by North Korea. The study comes after several provocative nuclear and ballistic missile tests by North Korea, which have stoked fears Canada could end up in the middle of a confrontation between the U.S. and the so-called hermit kingdom. Those tests have also resurrected questions over whether Canada should join the U.S. ballistic missile defence shield, which it famously opted out of in 2005 following a divisive national debate.———U.S. WANTS 5-YEAR TERMINATION CLAUSE IN NEW NAFTA DEAL: The United States is seeking to insert a so-called sunset clause into a new NAFTA, a controversial proposal that would automatically terminate the agreement after five years unless all three member countries agree to extend it. That proposal has prompted swift resistance. Canadian and Mexican officials brushed it off almost as soon as it was proposed Thursday, calling it a bad idea that would create economic instability and scare businesses away from long-term investments. The priority was announced earlier in the day by Donald Trump’s commerce secretary. Wilbur Ross confirmed the U.S. will seek some automatic-termination clause to ensure the agreement can be regularly re-evaluated and improved. Ross said U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer agrees it’s a good idea, but conceded that it’s unclear whether Canada and Mexico, the other NAFTA countries, would accept the proposal. He said he wants a deal by the end of the year and would rather not terminate the agreement as Trump has threatened to do.———MORE THAN 2,800 DEATHS LAST YEAR LINKED TO OPIOIDS, FEDS SAY: At least 2,816 Canadians died from opioid-related causes in 2016 and that number “will almost certainly” surpass 3,000 in 2017, the country’s chief public health officer predicted Thursday, as officials outlined the growing scope of the epidemic. While the western provinces have been hardest-hit — there were 978 illicit drug overdose deaths in B.C. and 586 apparently opioid-related deaths in Alberta in 2016 — the numbers of people dying in Eastern Canada are also rising. For example, Ontario had 865 deaths last year and Nova Scotia had 53 as a result of opioid-related toxicity. “No area of Canada is necessarily safe from this crisis,” Dr. Theresa Tam told a media briefing from Ottawa. Deaths involving fentanyl more than doubled in the first three months of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016, she said. In a report released earlier Thursday, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) warned the opioid crisis is having a significant impact on the health system as a growing number of Canadians seek emergency hospital care for overdoses.———JUSTICE MINISTERS TALK HIV NON-DISCLOSURE: Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is raising the issue of whether criminal charges are the right way to deal with HIV non-disclosure as she sits down with her provincial and territorial colleagues in Vancouver. On World AIDS Day last year, Wilson-Raybould said she would examine how the criminal justice system deals with people who do not disclose their HIV status to sexual partners, which could include developing prosecutorial guidelines. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that consent to sexual activity can be discounted if the accused person did not disclose, or lied about, his or her HIV status. That can lead to a charge of aggravated sexual assault, but advocates say the justice system is far behind the science on the level of risk. Wilson-Raybould is expected to give her fellow justice ministers an update on the review and encourage them to consider what they could do to address what she calls the “over-criminalization of HIV non-disclosure.” Richard Elliott of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network says he is encouraged the issue has been put on the agenda as a problem that needs to be solved.———CANADIAN RETAILER ROOTS FILES FOR IPO: Canadian fashion retailer Roots Corp. is launching an initial public offering of its shares. The company has applied to list on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ROOT. “We view our heritage and our guiding principles as the foundation of our business,” the company said in its preliminary prospectus. “Our brand is supported by first-rate operations and is well-diversified across product categories, seasons, channels and geographies.” The retailer was established in 1973 by founders Michael Budman and Don Green. The pair sold a majority stake in the company to private investment firm Searchlight Capital Partners in 2015, but remained substantial shareholders. The price and the number of shares being sold by Searchlight, Budman and Green was not immediately disclosed. The company has more than 100 stores in Canada as well as four in the United States, partner-operated locations in Taiwan and China and an online retail business. In its filing with securities regulators, Roots said it wants to continue to grow in Canada as well as the United States and in international markets.———CANADIANS IN THE DARK AFTER EQUIFAX HACK: Canadians are asking questions in the aftermath of the Equifax hack because they are more in the dark about whether they have been victims than consumers in the U.S. Consumers in the U.S. can check their status on a website that shows whether they are at risk as well as monitor their files for free because the company waived a charge in the wake of the data breach. But that website doesn’t work for Canadians and the Equifax Canada website says it costs $19.95 per month for the same monitoring service. Communications expert Warren Weeks says that Equifax has handled the issue poorly, and that it is unacceptable that Canadians in particular do not know whether their data has been compromised. Equifax Inc. said last Thursday that a security breach occurred over the summer that compromised the private information of up to 143 million Americans, along with an undisclosed number of Canadians. But the company has been tight-lipped about further details, including how many Canadians may have been exposed.———LIBERAL MP ARNOLD CHAN DIES OF CANCER: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Liberal MP Arnold Chan, who has just died of cancer, was one of the country’s most devoted servants. The prime minister says he is deeply saddened by the death of a man he describes as a tireless advocate for Canadians. Chan, 50, leaves his wife, Jean Yip and their three sons, Nathaniel, Ethan and Theodore as well as his parents and other family members. Trudeau offered his deepest condolences to all. Chan learned he had nasopharyngeal carcinoma not long after he first won his Toronto-area seat of Scarborough—Agincourt in a 2014 byelection. He revealed the cancer had returned in March 2016.”For three and a half years, he distinguished himself as a thoughtful, kind and, above all, tireless advocate for Canadians,” Trudeau said in a statement. “He believed deeply in our democracy and became one of its most faithful and eloquent guardians.” In a Twitter statement, Yip called Chan “a loving father, wonderful husband and dedicated public servant.” She added that while he courageously fought cancer, he “always continued to work hard for his constituents.”———NOVA SCOTIA FIRST NATION FACES WATER CRISIS: A Nova Scotia Indigenous community struggling with dark, foul-smelling tap water is calling on the federal government to fix a problem that has lingered for a decade. Potlotek First Nation residents have been told not to drink, bathe or wash clothes in the water, which has high levels of iron and manganese. Chief Wilbert Marshall says the community of about 500 people has been working with Ottawa on a solution for 10 years, but residents still don’t have clean, reliable drinking water. Health Canada says the spike in minerals is related to seasonal factors such as temperature changes and turnover in the nearby lake water, and although levels should decline there is no set time frame for the water to return to normal. The federal department says there are no known health impacts tied to the reported levels of iron and manganese, but it says boiling the water would only further concentrate the minerals. John Paul with the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs says the Cape Breton Mi’kmaq community, formerly known as Chapel Island First Nation, is relying on bottled drinking water and public shower facilities, a situation he says is extremely challenging for the elderly, sick or families with young children.———ONTARIO PREMIER, OPPOSITION LEADER IN STANDOFF OVER COMMENTS: Ontario’s premier and Opposition leader are sticking to their guns in a dispute that could lead to legal action. Premier Kathleen Wynne’s lawyers wrote a letter to Patrick Brown on Wednesday asking that he withdraw comments he made about her suggesting she is personally on trial — or face a defamation lawsuit. The Progressive Conservative leader said Thursday he is ignoring the premier’s request. When asked why he won’t retract his comments, Brown repeated that it was a “sad day for Ontario” to see Wynne testify in a trial involving two Liberals. Brown called the legal threat “baseless,” even though Wynne previously sued the previous Progressive Conservative leader. Wynne, speaking to The Canadian Press in Washington, D.C., wouldn’t say whether she will proceed with a lawsuit. Her lawyers are discussing the next steps, Wynne said. At issue are comments Brown made about the premier’s role in a Liberal bribery trial. The letter sent to Brown said he told reporters Tuesday that Wynne was standing trial, when in fact she is not on trial or even under investigation, but is offering voluntary testimony.———CROWN WON’T APPEAL REJECTION OF HIGH-RISK LABEL: British Columbia’s Crown prosecutors’ office says it will not file an appeal of a judge’s decision rejecting a high-risk designation for a man who killed his three children. Allan Schoenborn was convicted of the first-degree murders of his daughter and two sons in February 2010, but a judge ruled he was not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder. A review board ruled in 2015 that Schoenborn should have escorted access outside of the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital where he’s being held in Port Coquitlam, and the prosecution service announced it had applied to have him designated a high-risk accused. A B.C. Supreme Court judge decided last month that Schoenborn didn’t fit the criteria for the high-risk label, and while the killings were brutal, they were committed because of the man’s delusional state. The prosecutors’ office now says in a news release that after a thorough review it has determined there is no legal basis for an appeal. The office says Schoenborn hasn’t yet been permitted to go on escorted outings, his detention will continue to be reviewed, and the Crown will appear at the review hearings to advocate for the public interest.