Port of Los Angeles to build cyber resilience centre

The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved an agreement with International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) to design and operate a port Cyber Resilience Centre (CRC) at the Port of Los Angeles.

Focused on detecting and protecting against malicious cyber incidents potentially impacting cargo flow, this first-of-its-kind system is also expected to greatly improve the quality, quantity and speed of cyber information sharing within the port community

Gene Seroka, port executive director, explained: “As our port increasingly relies on data integration to guide its cargo operations and processes, detection and protection against cyber incidents is critical.

“This new Cyber Resilience Center will not only provide the port an early warning system against port-wide cyber attacks, but result in greater collective knowledge and data sharing throughout our entire port supply chain ecosystem.”

Currently, companies and stakeholders at the Port monitor and respond to cyber threats individually. While still allowing stakeholder control over their own information and security protocols, the CRC will serve as a “system of systems” and focal point across all participating supply chain stakeholders for cyber threats to the Port of Los Angeles ecosystem. The CRC will enable participants—such as tenants and cargo handlers—to quickly share threat indicators with each other and better coordinate defensive responses as needed. The CRC will also serve as an information resource that stakeholders may use to help restore operations following an attack.

“Collaborative cyber-threat information sharing is critical to the safety and security of our port,” added Thomas Gazsi, deputy executive director/chief of public safety and emergency management. “The Cyber Resilience Centre is an innovative solution that will put the Port of Los Angeles at the forefront of maritime cybersecurity initiatives.”

The $6.8 million, three-year agreement with IBM includes hardware, software and services to design, install, operate and maintain the CRC. The Board recommendation to select IBM was based on a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process conducted by the port.

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