Ports and Facilities

1/17/2017: Cyber reporting included in updated Coast Guard policy on Reporting Suspicious Activity and Breaches of Security

The Coast Guard recently published CG-5P Policy Letter 08-16: Reporting Suspicious Activity and Breaches of Security, which outlines the criteria and process for suspicious activity (SA) and breach of security (BoS) reporting.

An owner or operator of a vessel or facility that is required to maintain an approved security plan in accordance with parts 104, 105 or 106 of Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations, Subchapter H shall, without delay, report activities that may result in a transportation security incident to the National Response Center, including BoS and SA. This policy letter also covers reporting requirements and guidance on reporting cybersecurity related events to Department of Homeland Security National Cyber Security and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC).

Coast Guard Captains of the Port, Area Maritime Security Committees and the operators of vessels and facilities regulated by the MTSA may use this policy letter when evaluating SA and BoS incidents.

This policy letter will be distributed by electronic means only and is available by accessing the following website: https://Homeport.uscg.mil (Select the “Maritime Security” link and find the “Policy” section).

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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