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Cybersecurity and the Intelligent Supply Chain

Editor's note: The soon to retire Captain Andrew Tucci has had a long and impressive career in the US Coast Guard, and he writes this paper shortly before his retirement. The Journal of Ports and Terminals is lucky to acquire the insight of Captain Tucci one final time, as this paper draws on his vast experience of security along the intelligent supply chain.  

As readers of this journal know, technology and innovation are everywhere in the marine industry, and are key drivers in making global supply chains more efficient, safe, secure and sustainable. Cybersecurity has sometimes taken a backseat to all of this innovation. In 2012, when I first began looking into cybersecurity issues related to the maritime industry, it was a challenge to convince some companies that cybersecurity was even a concern. 

While most maritime companies were taking responsible measures, a significant portion believed that they were not targeted by cyber attackers, or that their proprietary, air gapped or simply out of date systems somehow made them immune. The industry’s recognition of cybersecurity is now much more widespread, and for good reason, as cybercrime continues to grow. For example, Juniper Research estimates that the cost of data breaches will reach $2.1 trillion globally by 2019. Well-publicized cyberattacks have impacted every industry imaginable, including the maritime sector.

Last year the notPetya incident impacted container terminals around the world, causing significant shipping delays and an…

Captain Andrew E. Tucci, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Sector Long Island Sound, Captain of the Port Long Island Sound (COTP), Federal Maritime Security Coordinator (FMSC)