Seaports Magazine - Winter 2013 - (Page 10)

»FEATURE SECURING SEAPORT CYBERSPACE Ports are jumping in 'feet first' to combat this emerging threat to operations and safety. By Lori Musser T he task of securing cyberspace has emerged as perhaps the single most important seaport security challenge of the decade. An increasing number of functions are dependent on port computer systems and the Internet. Any interference can have widespread impacts on business, employees, reputation or partners. Ultimately, economic impact - the calling card of a port - could be jeopardized. What is Cybersecurity? Beyond protecting information - cybersecurity goes on the offensive to protect the systems that incorporate and use seaport information. Strategies include identifying risks, managing those risks and managing incidents. According to Bethann Rooney, manager of security for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), "Most ports will tell you their cybersecurity is for desktops, networks and email, and that it is well under control. What they don't have under control is the systems that are dependent - so many of our systems at ports and marine terminals run off computer networks." Rooney said a port's first step toward effective cybersecurity is to understand what it is, then to create a plan that looks at the interdependencies of a port's upstream and downstream computer connections and identifies risks. Identifying Risks A proactive cyber defense plan starts with having the right cost, security and 10 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE risk metrics in place - that includes broad intelligence. Exposure must be assessed in order to prepare a port to weather a breach. Resiliency is the ultimate goal. Cyber threats typically originate outside of an organization and include terrorism, malicious or mischievous sabotage, industrial espionage or political breaches, such as anti-war or pro-labor action. There is often criminal intent to disrupt systems sufficiently to enable cargo theft or the movement of contraband.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Winter 2013

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Securing Seaport Cyberspace
Ces Operators Work in Partnership With Port Communities
Radar Technology Opens Up for All Ports
Mccs Keep Ports Running in Case of Emergency
Seaport Industry Gathers in Central Florida for Aapa Annual Convention
Forging His Own Path
All States Depend on Maritime Trade Growth
Maritime Security: 10 Years of Partnerships
Cybersecurity a Growing Threat to Maritime Security
Port Metro Vancouver Announces Funding for Security Expansion
Jamaica-U.n. Sign Mou to Improve Port Security
Integrated Management System Addresses Security at Bahia Blanca
Coastal Trident Training Program Tests Hueneme’s Preparedness
Index of Advertisers

Seaports Magazine - Winter 2013