Category: Cyber Awareness & Risk Management

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT”

The campaign focuses on personal accountability and positive behavior when it comes to cybersecurity. The Coast Guard’s goal is to provide the maritime community with information, resources, and best practices to help protect their environments.

Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee holds annual security exercise

The exercise gave participants the opportunity to discuss the capabilities, resources, and procedures required to respond to cybersecurity threat scenarios that may occur during operations in the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf.

Recap of Center for Offshore Safety’s session with Coast Guard Eighth District Commander

Coast Guard Eighth District Commander Rear Adm. Paul Thomas joined Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Scott Angelle during this year’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, May 6-9. The session, moderated by Charlie Williams with Center for Offshore Safety, was part of COS’s Senior Regulatory Leadership Perspective series.

Maritime Sector Coordinating Council established

Sector Coordinating Councils are self-organized and self-governed councils that enable critical infrastructure owners and operators, their trade associations, and other industry representatives to interact on a wide range of sector specific strategies, polices, and activities.

MSIB 04-19: Cyber Adversaries Targeting Commercial Vessels

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin 04-19, “Cyber Adversaries Targeting Commercial Vessels,” to inform the maritime industry of recent email phishing and malware intrusion attempts that targeted commercial vessels. Cyber adversaries are attempting to gain sensitive information including the content of an official Notice of Arrival (NOA) using email addresses that pose as an official Port State Control (PSC) authority.

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Thank you to all mariners on National Maritime Day

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In this post, in honor of National Maritime Day, Rear Adm. Nadeau extends appreciation to all the mariners who are entrusted with the safety of passengers and crew and who keep our economy flowing every day.

5/15/2019: Recap of National Alternative Security Program Sponsoring Organization annual workshop

This post provides a recap of the National Alternative Security Program Sponsoring Organizations workshop in Arlington, Virginia, May 2, 2019. Members met to discuss ongoing and emerging issues related to regulatory requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002.

4/29/2019: Change 5 to NVIC 09-02, “Guidelines for the Area Maritime Security Committees and Area Maritime Security Plans for U.S. Ports”

The updated NVIC provides guidance to Coast Guard operational commanders, Area Maritime Security Committee members, and the maritime community with the development and maintenance of Area Maritime Security Assessments, Area Maritime Security Plans, and promotes unity of effort among all stakeholders with maritime security interests at the port level.

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