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CyGov’s first-of-its-kind holistic cyber defense approach represents the only methodology to truly consider and encompass the unparalleled complexity within a port’s cyber landscape

Marine passage remains an integral part of modern commerce, with ports serving as the gateway to countries around the globe. Consequently, maritime domain awareness is critical to ensuring economic prosperity and national defense.

Major security initiatives typically focus on kinetic and CBRNE-related threats.  However, maritime authorities and assets must conduct due diligence with regard to cyber threats, as infrastructure and transport networks are increasingly targeted as part of the global cyber epidemic.

Preserving the integrity of a border while ensuring the uninterrupted velocity of commerce poses numerous challenges which are exclusive to the maritime industry, with ports remaining a prime target for attack.

Ports are characterized by their traditional openness and an unrivaled concentration of multiple stakeholders from a wide range of organizations and jurisdictions.  Each stakeholder brings with them their own processes, procedures, techniques, and systems – forming an incredible hybrid of personnel and systems from industry and government.  This diverse spectrum of often loosely connected players presents a prime opportunity for the cyber terrorist, and a prime challenge for port operators.

CyGov’s first-of-its-kind holistic cyber defense approach represents the only methodology to truly consider and encompass this unparalleled complexity within a port’s cyber landscape.  The approach ensures that all potential attack vectors and vulnerabilities are uncovered and identified – thereby allowing all potential sources of threats to be addressed and mitigated.

Much of the port’s intricacy arises from the balancing of operational technology (OT) with traditional informational technology (IT) systems, the interface between shipboard with land-based systems, and the convergence of traditional physical security with cyber security.

CyGov’s multi-layered analysis tool was specifically built from the ground up to help operators solve the complex cyber puzzles such as those found in maritime port ecosystems.

Some examples of port-related systems which expose picture-perfect cyber vulnerabilities for criminals include:

  • LRIT
  • Buoys
  • VTS
  • AIS
  • ICS
  • Email
  • TWIC
  • DP
  • ARPA

CyGov synthesizes guidance and recommendations from the multitude of general and maritime-oriented agencies, including:

  • IMO
  • ABS
  • NEMA
  • NIST
  • International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners
  • International Electrotechnical Commission
  • Cruise Lines International Association
  • International Chamber of Shipping
  • United States Coast Guard
  • Intertanko

CyGov’s seasoned experts and rigorous three step process have been deployed throughout the world to bring the highest levels of cyber protection and response to the intricate technology and diverse ecosystem that distinguish ports from other critical infrastructure.