In their paper — A Framework for Cyber Security Assessments of Critical Port Infrastructure — authors Jonathon Monken, Daniel Trimble and Alexander F.L. Sand discuss what they call a “critical national security gap.”

Monken is PJM Interconnection’s Senior Director, System Resiliency and Strategic Coordination, and is one of the panelists at the upcoming NetDiligence Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum.

 

 

Its influence in global economics and security is matched only by the maritime sector’s dependence on other sectors from electric power to transportation to keep it functioning and to keep goods moving smoothly from ship to shore to truck, train, or plane. Technology has enabled incredible operational efficiencies throughout this end-to-end intermodal system, by using extensive automated computer and networking systems. The intersection of those systems and their physical and operational connections to systems in other sectors creates deeply interconnected infrastructure. Identifying cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the maritime domain is of paramount importance, but is greatly complicated by those inter-dependencies. Current authorities and regulations in the maritime domain allow for setting and enforcing cybersecurity standards, but few exist. The lack of these standards combined with a pervasive lack of visibility by any stakeholders into the details of the infrastructure in use in any given port is a critical national security gap.” To read more download the complete paper here.