Torres Introduces Port Cybersecurity Legislation Following Cyber-Attack
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) has reintroduced the Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act in response to a recent world-wide cyber-attack that has resulted in the shutdown of the largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles.
“The closure of the Port of LA’s largest terminal because of a cyber-attack reveals severe vulnerabilities in our nation’s security,” said Torres. “With more than $1.3 trillion in cargo moving annually through our commercial ports and the increased use of cyber technology to manage port operations ranging from communication and navigation to engineering, safety, and cargo, it is critical to protect our maritime cyber infrastructure.”
The Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act would improve information sharing and cooperation in addressing cybersecurity risks at our nation’s ports. Specifically, it requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish voluntary guidelines for reporting of cybersecurity risks, to develop and implement a maritime cyber security risk model, and to make recommendations on enhancing the sharing of cyber information. It also requires the Commandant of the Coast Guard to direct Area Maritime Security Committees to ensure area maritime security and facility security plans address cybersecurity risks.
“There is currently surprisingly little coordination between port landlords and tenants in addressing cyber threats and federal agencies are only beginning to consider the impact that a cyber-attack could pose to our maritime infrastructure,” continued Torres. “This most recent attack should serve as a call to action to address the clear vulnerabilities in our maritime security before those who wish to do us harm are able to engineer a truly debilitating attack.”
The Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act has been cosponsored by Reps. Lou Correa (D-CA), Dwight Evans (D-PA), and Frederica Wilson (D-FL). The bill was first introduced in the 114th Congress and passed the House of Representatives unanimously. However, it did not advance in the Senate. The full text of the legislation can be found HERE.