NY/NJ Coalition to Enhance Cyber Security

Cyber security threats have been ever-present in recent years as cyber attackers become more skilled and emboldened. Some nations even foster and fund cyber hacking operations to infiltrate both public and private computer systems. When computers are infected with a virus, extensive analysis may be necessary to contain the damage and recover data. Data recovery from hacked computers can be a time consuming and complex process.

One sector that has been targeted in the past is the global marine transportation system (MTS). The system is increasing its reliance on automation and related information technology in many of its operations. Ports are at the epicenter of the MTS and are considered critical infrastructure. Protecting them, including their information technology systems, is of vital importance.

Cyberattacks at Ports

In 2018, a cyberattack at the Port of San Diego in California disrupted the agency’s information technology systems. The attack was by a ransomware program that disabled some operations and was accompanied by a ransom note demanding payment in bitcoin to unlock the data. Ransomware is a type of malware that freezes or encrypts critical data on a computer system. Cybercriminals demand payment from the user to unlock the data with no guarantee that the data will be restored. After a cyberattack, recovery of data is not guaranteed. Further, recovery efforts can cost millions of dollars.

New York and New Jersey Coalition Positioned to Address Cyberattacks

A combined effort by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) for the Port of New York and New Jersey are collaborating with others to enhance maritime cybersecurity and port resilience. Representatives from Rutgers University, Stevens Institute, as well as industry leaders, are members of the coalition.

Nationwide, AMSCs were established under the Maritime Transportation Security Act, which was signed shortly after the attacks on September 11, 2001. AMSCs are tasked with contingency planning, development, and review to update Area Maritime Security Plans (AMSP). They are also expected to enhance communication between stakeholders in the government and industry to address maritime security. Information sharing is a priority to enable quick identification and response to cybersecurity threats detected by any of the members. The group has also agreed to participate in routine cyber exercises to respond to predictable attacks.

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