The slow push for cyber security

Ports making up for lost time

Maritime Industry’s Slow Boat to Cyber Security

Patricia Keefe

Despite the critical role the maritime transportation system plays in the economic health of the United States, and despite its fairly recent embrace of all things automated – cranes, vehicles, surveillance and even vessels – the sector has been slow to warm to the need to protect its digital systems and assets.

Post 9/11, security concerns about the nation’s borders, air space and infrastructure, including ports, moved front and center for a brief moment before other concerns, like the search for victims and perpetrators, the cleanup of the site and city, and legislative debate over homeland security needs versus long-held citizen rights, pushed infrastructure to a back burner.

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