The Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has tabled a proposal to form and lead an initiative to increase maritime security called the ‘Port Authorities Chief Information Officer Cybersecurity Network” (PACC-Net).
The proposal was made at the 5th Edition of the Port Authorities (PAR) 2019 and the initiative will look to enhance cybersecurity awareness in the maritime sector and facilitate early sharing of cyber-attack information to counter threats.
Quah Ley Hoon, CEO, MPA, said: “The exchange of best practices to address issues of common interests at the 5th Edition PAR2019@Kobe has enhanced the ability of each port to cope with the various challenges and risks it faces.
“With increasing interconnectedness and digitalization of the maritime sector, ports and shipping will also face greater vulnerabilities to cyber threats. We hope for PACC-Net to be established to further enhance collaboration amongst leading ports to mitigate against such threats.”
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Organized by the Port and Urban Projects Bureau of the Kobe City Government of Japan, with support from MPA as the Secretariat, PAR brought together port authorities from major areas of the world.
The main objective is for members to network, share insights on pertinent issues and best practices, as well as explore areas of collaboration.
The theme of this year’s summit was ‘Managing Disruptive Changes and Risks for Future-Ready Port’ and it saw participants discuss how to respond to various challenges and risks related to ports and shipping.
This included emissions, terrorism, natural disasters, enhancing port productivity and utilizing the vast potential of smart technologies.