Top Automated US Port Invests in Cybersecurity


The Port of Long Beach has been awarded in excess of USD $4 million from the Port Security Grant Program, which will be used to expand and enhance its physical and cyber security capabilities.

Long Beach received funding at the full amount requested and was awarded the third-highest amount of money from the Port Security Grant Program, after the New York City Police and Fire departments.

More than 30 ports nationwide received grants, totalling $100 million.

Chad Mercer discusses multi-level cyber security in a recent Port Technology technical paper

The funds are awarded annually on a competitive basis to protect commerce and strengthen security for maritime infrastructure and transportation.

Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, commented: “These funds are critical to maintaining our robust security program.



“We are able to service and replace critical systems to keep our harbour safe from a wide variety of threats. We are thankful to our partners at the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for their continued support.”

Tracy Egoscue, President of the Long Beach Board of Harbour Commissioners, stated: “Maintaining security here is of vital importance to our local economy and the nation’s economy, and the Harbour Commission is appreciative of the federal funding for this effort.”

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