Category: Cyber Awareness & Risk Management

NVIC 01-20, “Guidelines for Addressing Cyber Risks at MTSA Regulated Facilities”

The Coast Guard has issued guidance to facility owners and operators on complying with the requirements to assess, document, and address computer system and network vulnerabilities.

Coast Guard Commandant to deliver State of the Coast Guard address in Charleston

During the address, Adm. Karl Schultz will highlight the importance of South Carolina’s ports and waterways to the nation and the vital role the Coast Guard plays in Charleston to ensure continued global security and economic prosperity.

Applicants sought for National Maritime Security Advisory Committee

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is requesting applications from individuals interested in serving as a member of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee. This committee will advise the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, via the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, on matters relating to national maritime security, including on enhancing the sharing of information related to cybersecurity risks that may cause a transportation security incident. Application deadline is April 20, 2020.

Solicitation for the Rear Admiral Richard E. Bennis Award for Excellence in Maritime Security

The Coast Guard is seeking nominations for the Rear Admiral Richard E. Bennis Award for Excellence in Maritime Security to highlight and recognize outstanding achievements and contributions of the maritime community with regards to implementation of Maritime Transportation Security Act, or MTSA, requirements and other maritime security best practices in safeguarding our nation’s marine transportation system.

Recommendation for immediate patching for critical vulnerabilities on Microsoft Windows Operating System

For the convenience of our readers, the Office of Port and Facility Compliance is sharing information recently released through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency regarding fixes for a critical vulnerability identified in Microsoft’s handling of certificates.

MSIB: Cyberattack impacts MTSA facility operations

Forensic analysis is currently ongoing but the virus, identified as “Ryuk” ransomware, may have entered the network of the MTSA facility via an email phishing campaign. Read on for more details.

Reporting security incidents to National Response Center

The Office of Port & Facility Compliance is reminding owners/operators to list the National Response Center’s 24-hour hotline, 800-424-8802, in their facility/vessel security plans for reporting maritime security and cybersecurity incidents to the Coast Guard.

Area Maritime Security Committees: A mainstay of smart maritime cybersecurity

In our second installment on cybersecurity and cyber risk management in observance of DHS’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Domestic Ports Division discusses the Area Maritime Security Committee as a valuable resource to combat cyber-related threats.

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.

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