Protecting Maritime Facilities in the 21st Century: Are Our Nation's Ports at Risk for a Cyber-Attack? Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, October 8, 2015   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is a testimony compilation from the October 8, 2015 hearing "Protecting Maritime Facilities in the 21st Century: Are Our Nation's Ports at Risk for a Cyber-Attack?" hearing held before the Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairman Candice Miller: "The purpose of today's hearing is to examine the vulnerability of seaports to cyber-attacks and how well we are prepared to prevent and respond to such an attack. Our meeting today marks the first Congressional hearing convened to examine cyber security at our nation's ports, which is fitting since October is also National Cybersecurity Awareness Month The United States Coast Guard is the government agency responsible for the physical security of our nation's port infrastructure. Working through the Area Maritime Security Committees, the Coast Guard partners with port authorities and operators to update access controls, fence-off sensitive areas of the ports, and increase surveillance when appropriate. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States Congress has appropriated $2.4 billion dollars in port security grant funds to harden port facilities against the potential for a terror attack. As a nation, we have done a fairly good job updating the physical security at ports, but I am concerned that the U.S. government has fallen behind when it comes to the cyber security of the port." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Paul F. Thomas, Gregory C. Wilshusen, Randy D. Parsons, and Jonathan Sawicki.

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