White House releases National Cybersecurity Strategy

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The White House has unveiled a National Cybersecurity strategy.

The administration explained that there should be a rebalancing of responsibility to defend cyberspace away from individuals, small businesses, and local governments of cybersecurity onto specialised organisations capable of limiting risks.

According to the administration, the main goals of the strategy include making the US’s ecosystem defensible, where cyber-defence is easier, cheaper, and more effective.

The administration also emphasised the need to strike a balance between defending people from urgent threats while simultaneously planning for the future.

According to the administration, the strategy seeks to build around five pillars:

  1. Defend Critical Infrastructure 
  2. Disrupt and Dismantle Threat Actors
  3. Shape Market Forces to Drive Security and Resilience 
  4. Invest in a Resilient Future
  5. Forge International Partnerships to Pursue Shared Goals

In July 2022, satellite and communications provider, Inmarsat, published a new report providing cyber-resiliency guidance.

Compiled by maritime innovation consultancy Thetius, ‘Beyond Compliance – Cyber Risk Management After IMO 2021’ encourages proactivity in preventing and mitigating the impact of cyber-attacks. The report noted that one of the greatest vulnerabilities in supply chains is through staff.

READ: K Line rolls out AI-based cybersecurity platform

Speaking on its cybersecurity strategy, the administration said: “Next-generation technologies are reaching maturity at an accelerating pace, creating new pathways for innovation while increasing digital interdependencies.

“Its implementation will protect our investments in rebuilding America’s infrastructure, developing our clean energy sector, and re-shoring America’s technology and manufacturing base.”

READ: Port of Rotterdam furthers cybersecurity efforts with new programme

Despite the surge in cybersecurity threats the maritime industry has endured in recent years, one of the key messages to come out of a 2020 cybersecurity session at the Smart Ports: Piers of the Future event in Barcelona, was that digitisation efforts must not be undermined in cybersecurity priorities.

In March 2019, ABS Advanced Solutions, part of the American Bureau of Shipping, announced the formation of a partnership with SecurityGate to develop a cyber risk analysis solution for the maritime market.

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