Seaports Magazine - Winter 2013 - (Page 10)
Ports are jumping in 'feet first' to combat this
emerging threat to operations and safety.
By Lori Musser
he task of securing cyberspace
has emerged as perhaps the
single most important seaport security challenge of
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
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.
A proactive cyber defense plan starts
with having the right cost, security and
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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
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
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2013