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Bill approved to improve cyber security at US ports

Politicians in Washington have approved a bill to boost cyber security at US ports.
The Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2015 will direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create voluntary cyber guidelines for ports to increase the reporting of cyber threats and overall exchange of information. The agency will also help develop and implement a maritime cyber security risk model.
“There appears to currently be little coordination between port landlords and tenants in addressing cyber threats, and federal agencies have only recently started to consider the impact that a cyber attack could pose to our maritime infrastructure,” said representative Norma Torres, a Democrat from California, who had first introduced the bill last month. “This legislation will ensure the necessary planning and coordination is in place to protect the ports that form the backbone of our nation’s economy.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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