Cyber Security Threatens US Ports


A US Republican has raised concerns over the lack of appropriate cyber security measures at a number of US ports, adding that cyber security attacks could see the release of dangerous chemicals, according to The Stack.

The potential risk was raised by Republican Candice Miller who said that a cyber attack against an American port could have dangerous consequences.

Candice Miller said: “The Coast Guard, and DHS [Department of Homeland Security] as a whole, have been slow to fully engage on cyber security efforts at the nation’s 360 seaports…The Coast Guard has not yet conducted cyber risk assessments, though some individual ports have taken the initiative themselves.”

Read Mike Yarwood of TT Club’s Technical Paper on cyber security at ports

Gregory C. Wilshusen, Information Security Issues Director of the US Government Accountability Office, said: “A major disruption in the maritime transportation system could have a significant impact on global shipping, international trade, and the global economy, as well as posing risks to public safety.”

Mr Wilshusen added that US$1.3 trillion of cargo is handled every year and that it wouldn’t just be global shipping and trade that’ll be affected, but also public safety.

The EU Commission is already working to lessen the risks associated with cyber security with its Automated Serious Game Scenario Generator for Mixed Reality Training (AUGGMED) programme to enable police and security forces to train its staff in a virtual reality environment to counter cyber attacks.

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