The Port of Los Angeles has introduced its new first-of-its-kind Cyber Resilience Center (CRC), a state-of-the-art port community cyber defense solution created to improve the cybersecurity readiness of the Port and enhance its threat-sharing and recovery capabilities among supply chain stakeholders.
The CRC was designed through a collaborative process with participating stakeholders and will be operated by International Business Machines (IBM).
“We must take every precaution against potential cyber incidents, particularly those that could threaten or disrupt the flow of cargo,” explains Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.
“This new Cyber Resilience Center provides a new level of awareness for our stakeholders by providing enhanced intelligence, better collective knowledge sharing, and heightened protection against cyber threats within our supply chain community.”
“The past year has proven the vital role that ports hold to our nation’s critical infrastructure, supply chains, and economy, underscoring that it’s paramount we secure this ecosystem,” added Christopher McCurdy, Worldwide Vice President, and General Manager IBM Security, IBM Security Services.
“The Port of Los Angeles is setting a new industry standard with a first-of-its-kind initiative to increase cyber readiness across the maritime community.”
“With IBM’s cutting-edge technologies in cloud and AI fueling the CRC, we’re able to provide the maritime ecosystem with the threat insights necessary to stay ahead of cyber threats and improve response time.”
Envisioned as a “system of systems,” the CRC enables participating stakeholders to automatically share cyber threat indicators and potential defensive measures with each other.
This collaborative approach centralizes threat information for the Port’s stakeholders and helps prevent cyber disruption of the supply chain.
The platform serves as a hub for the Port to receive, analyze and share information among its stakeholders who handle cargo, such as terminal operators, shipping lines, truck, rail, and others, among its cross-sector stakeholders who provide essential support services, and from external intelligence sources.
The CRC is also available to participating stakeholders as an advisory resource to assist with recovery.
The first group of approximately 20 participating stakeholders are now using the new system and gaining access to IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence and more groups are expected to join every six months.
As part of its operations, the CRC will be conducting tabletop exercises with participating stakeholders and providing them with annual cybersecurity training.
In 2014, the Port of Los Angeles set the maritime industry standard for cyber security when it established a Cyber Security Operations Center designed to help protect the Port’s internal networks.
The newly-designed CRC builds upon that technology infrastructure by improving the quality, quantity, and speed of cyber information sharing among Port stakeholders and leveraging the CRC’s security model to create a more inclusive maritime community.
North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $259 billion in trade during 2020. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs across the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura.
The Port of Los Angeles has remained open with all terminals operational throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Learn More. On Thursday, Jan. 20, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka delivered the virtual 2022 State of the Port Los Angeles address, highlighting another record-breaking year and Western Hemisphere record in 2021, and initiatives for 2022, including supply chain efficiency, workforce development, and job creation, cybersecurity, and the environment. Courtesy of Port of Los Angeles and YouTube. Posted on Jan 20, 2022.)
Allied Universal and the Port of Houston Recognized in 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program
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Allied Universal and the Port of Houston
Best Maritime/Seaport Security Program
AUS – Port of Houston
Each year, more than 241 million tons of cargo move through the greater Port of Houston, carried by more than 8,200 vessels and 223,000 barges, and the port is consistently ranked 1st in the United States in foreign waterborne tonnage; 1st in U.S. imports; 1st in U.S. export tonnage and 2nd in the U.S. in total tonnage, as well as the nation’s leading breakbulk port, handling 41 percent of project cargo at Gulf Coast ports.
The expansive area of coverage includes over 25 miles of a perimeter fence line, 26 active security checkpoints, 39 TWIC controlled turnstiles, 8 facial recognition stations, and 4 traffic control points.
Being the largest bulk cargo facility in North America comes with several challenges and threats, and Allied Universal Professionals are the front line in deterring and detecting narcotics, counterfeit goods, and human trafficking.
Additionally, cybersecurity threats have grown exponentially over the past three years, and Allied Universal Security Professionals are responsible for managing the systems which provide clearance and access control for visitors and employees of the Port of Houston.
Allied Universal Programs have been recognized in the 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Programs.
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In the days that followed 9/11, the critical needs of protecting our country catapulted us into new and innovative ways to secure our homeland – which is how many of the agencies and enterprise organizations that are today ‘ASTORS’ Awards Champions, came into being.
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