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ABS to Strengthen Cybersecurity of US Ports

ABS to Strengthen Cybersecurity of US Ports

ABS Advanced Solutions, a part of the American Bureau of Shipping, has announced a new security solution to help ports in the US meet required levels of cybersecurity.

Incorporating the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cyber Security Framework (NIST CSF), ABS’ suite of services will support port and terminal operators responsible for maintaining Facility Security Plans (FSPs) regulated by the US Coast Guard (USCG).

In 2017, the USCG announced that maritime facilities must address cybersecurity in their FSPs, producing questions from ports about how they should comply with the new demands placed upon them.

Chad Mercer discusses US ports and cybersecurity in a recent Port Technology technical paper

According to a statement, the solution from ABS integrates the NIST CSF into an “easy-to-follow” approach, providing clear guidance on how to achieve sufficient cyber security.

The pathway offered by the solution, for port and terminal operators, outlines five functional areas of NIST and produces an actionable plan to improve existing cybersecurity measures.

In addition to this, the service from ABS also aims to assist maritime facilities with the development of FSPs, training of personnel and implementation of risk mitigation strategies.

 

 

Dave Nichols, Director of Business Development for ABS Advanced Solutions, said: “We’ve listened to our client partners and developed a solution that categorically addresses the Coast Guard’s cyber intent—and is easily implemented and understood by facility security personnel.”

Russ Medeiros, Vice President of ABS Advanced Solutions, added: “Many of our client partners need a solution and recognize that the time to act is now.

“Our team focused on delivering a solution that not only meets the industry’s needs today, but, is also designed to fulfil future requirements as operations evolve.

“This solution marries regulations with practical cyber security outcomes, and we believe our approach will emerge as the gold standard for port cyber security.”

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