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Port of Los Angeles Proposes Cyber Resilience Center

May 1, 2019

The Port of Los Angeles convened a maritime stakeholder working group including shipping lines, marine terminal operators, railroad companies, labor and representatives from the trucking industry to discuss closer collaboration in order to address cyber security threats.

“In partnership with our maritime industry stakeholders, we have the opportunity to enhance the ability of the port ecosystem to see cyber threats on the horizon and improve information sharing to help manage respective, and collective, cyber risk,” said Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles. “I’m proud that the Port is taking the lead on the first ever cross-sector Cyber Resilience Center.”

The proposed Center would be a collaborative effort to share cyber threat information across a multitude of companies within the Port complex to help companies prepare against myriad cyber risks that could impact the cargo supply chain ecosystem.

“Ports are a key part of a complex system that must address cyber risks,” said Tom Gazsi, Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Public Safety and Emergency Management. “Over the past few years, we have seen how cyber incidents have impacted some ports across the world, threatening the operations of the entire maritime supply chain. That’s why we’re taking a collaborative approach to strengthen our cyber security posture.”

In 2014, the Port established the nation’s first Port of Los Angeles Cyber Security Operations Center, operated by a dedicated cybersecurity team and acts as a centralized location to proactively monitor network traffic to prevent and detect cyber incidents under Port control. The Port has also maintained its ISO 27001 certification for cyber security, the only port to have this certification.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovatively strategic and sustainable operations that benefit Southern California’s economy and quality of life. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $297 billion in trade during 2018. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs in the five-county Southern California region.

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