LA pioneers cross-sector cyber resilience project

Port of Los Angeles The Port of Los Angeles is leading an initiative to establish a cross-sector cyber resilience centre. Credit: Port of Los Angeles
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The Port of Los Angeles has convened a maritime stakeholder working group to discuss the creation of an industry first cross-sector cyber resilience centre to support closer collaboration and help manage cyber security threats.

Stakeholders, including shipping lines, marine terminal operators, railroad companies and representatives from the trucking industry, met on 24 April to develop ideas for the proposed centre. The centre would be a collaborative effort to share cyber threat information across a multitude of companies within the port complex to help companies prepare against myriad cyber risks that could impact the cargo supply chain ecosystem.

“In partnership with our maritime industry stakeholders, we have the opportunity to enhance the ability of the port ecosystem to see cyber threats on the horizon and improve information sharing to help manage respective, and collective, cyber risk,” said Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. “I’m proud that the Port is taking the lead on the first ever cross-sector Cyber Resilience Center.”

Cyber impact

“Ports are a key part of a complex system that must address cyber risks,” said Tom Gazsi, deputy executive director and chief of public safety and emergency management for the port.

In 2014, the port established the Port of Los Angeles Cyber Security Operations Centre, a first of its kind for the US. The centre is operated by a dedicated cybersecurity team and acts as a centralised location to proactively monitor network traffic to prevent and detect cyber incidents under port control. The port has also maintained its ISO 27001 certification for cyber security, the only port to have this certification.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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