Port of Vancouver USA sets up cyber security information sharing group

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The Port of Vancouver USA has teamed up with the Maritime Transportation System Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MTS-ISAC) to launch the Lower Columbia River Maritime Information Exchange (LCR-MIX).

The new group aims to enhance communication and collaboration on cyber threat activity among regional stakeholders of ports located along the Lower Columbia River. It also looks to provide early situational awareness and best practice adoption to prevent incidents.

According to the United States Coast Guard, over 500 major operational cyber-attacks occurred in the marine industry in 2020. The MTS-ISAC was initially founded in February 2020 to help combat the rising threat from these bad actors.

“So often the partners and stakeholders within the Lower Columbia River are using the same vendors, service providers and often are working with the same business contacts,” said Chris Carter, Information Security Analyst for the Port of Vancouver USA.

“A compromise can have cascading consequences and put the entire supply chain at risk. By partnering with the MTS-ISAC, LCR-MIX members are actively consuming and producing actionable cyber threat intelligence, sourced locally and from other MTS stakeholders from around the globe.”

Christopher Hunt, IT Director for Port of Grays Harbor, added: “The MTS-ISAC provides us with actionable intelligence in a timely manner. Their focus on privacy encourages the open exchange of information and the regional scope of the LCR-MIX means that the information is relevant in our daily operations.”

Chris Coffey, Vice President of Operations for MTS-ISAC, also commented: “We are thrilled to be working with the LCR-MIX. Often, our peers think public information sharing is complicated, but it doesn’t have to be.

“Under thoughtful leadership provided by Port of Vancouver USA, this sixth Information Exchange has rapidly come together and is already increasing early situational awareness amongst its members and making our entire MTS-ISAC community stronger. We are grateful for this partnership.”

On 22 June 2022, PTI will be holding its first ever Cybersecurity for Ports & Terminals Conference. Featuring discussions from industry leaders, the online event will provide the perfect stage for learning and knowledge sharing, to create a more cyber-resilient industry.

Registration for the event can be done here.

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