Moving people, manufactured and agricultural goods, healthcare products, bulk energy, and retail products throughout the Maritime and Port ecosystem, handling $1.3 trillion in annual cargo, are all dependent upon cyber resilience.
Cyber and physical systems and technologies are essential to the operation and efficient functioning of maritime and port operations. Cyber attacks and vulnerability exploits can have potentially catastrophic cascading impacts to business operations, GPS-based and e-navigation (ECDIS or AIS) systems, pumps, machinery, vessel propulsion and navigation systems; monitoring and control of safety and environmental systems; operation of security cameras and gates; drone surveillance, tracking and controlling container cargo movements; and enabling vessel operators to control ballast water and ship stability systems with precision and safety.
The nation’s security and prosperity depends upon a safe, secure and resilient maritime and port critical infrastructure supported by (all-hazards) security situational intelligence multi-directional information sharing if threat intelligence, defensive measures and coordinated response within and across critical infrastructures sectors in coordination and collaboration with government – international, federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial).
As cyber threats and attacks continue to increase in frequency, severity and sophistication, it is imperative for public- and private-sector stakeholders to engage, breaking down long-standing barriers and silos.
To advance Maritime Cyber Resilience, a strategic public/private partnership established The Maritime & Port Security Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (MPS-ISAO), a non-profit organization.
The MPS-ISAO, an Information Sharing & Analysis Organization (ISAO), is authorized by the 2015 Presidential Executive Order, “Promoting Private Sector Information Sharing”. The MPS-ISAO is the Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) for the Maritime & Port critical infrastructure.
Led by maritime and port stakeholders and Advisory Board, the MPS-ISAO, working in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the US Coast Guard, is recognized nationally and internationally as the ISAO for the maritime and port critical infrastructure.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) –
Alerts, Advisories, DHS Automated Indicator Sharing (AIS), Defensive Measures, Incident Response, Cyber Exercises
Global Institute for Cyber Security Resilience (GICSR),
Global Situational Awareness Center, NASA/Kennedy Space Center, FL –
Supporting MPS-ISAO international headquarter facilities, and provision of cybersecurity education (online, client on-site, and courses held at GICSR, NASA/KSC.
International Association of Certified ISAOs (IACI) –
MPS-ISAO Founding Member
As the Global Association of Cyber Threat Analysis and Intelligence Organizations, IACI connects information sharing organizations worldwide to automated real-time security situational awareness intelligence and coordinated response infrastructure – IACINet™
Global Situational Awareness Center (GSAC)
NASA/Kennedy Space Center.