The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has opened the 24/7 Maritime Cybersecurity Operations Centre (MSOC) to protect the country’s ports and terminals industry.
According to a statement, the MSOC will monitor threats and correlate data activities across all maritime Critical Information Infrastructure (CII).
To that end, it will be able to monitor cyber-attacks by analysing activities in the IT environment, detect anomalies and threats and, ultimately respond to the cybersecurity incidents using technological solutions.
The MPA will also build key data linkages between MSOC and Port Operations Control Centre in order to respond to cyber incidents in a more holistic and timely manner.
To supplement the MSOC, the MPA has also started new initiatives to strengthen the Singaporean maritime sector’s cybersecurity.
These include a collaboration with Singapore Shipping Association to develop a new ‘Maritime Cybersecurity Training Course’ for personnel to improve their knowledge in managing cyber-threats.
Speaking about the MSOC, Niam Chiang Meng, chairman of the MPA, said: “Cyber threats come in many forms and have been rising steadily across the globe.
“As the world’s busiest transhipment hub, it is important that we safeguard our maritime and port critical infrastructure to prevent a major disruption to port operations and delivery of services.”