The Coast Guard's Complex Cybersecurity Conundrum
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States
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Since the 1990s, concern regarding the security of computer networks against adversaries has existed in the maritime community. Considering the nations ports are the economic and transportation gateways to the world, it is imperative that the systems used to facilitate smooth operations in the port environment be secured from outside disruption. The Coast Guard is the regulatory agency charged with ensuring security of the nations ports, however it is ill equipped to adequately handle the cybersecurity mission in the ports due to lack of resources, skill sets and clear authorities. The vulnerability of the nations ports require action now to shore up weaknesses. Given its port security responsibility under the Department of Homeland Security, it is the entity best situated to address the urgent cyber threat and confidently serve as lead federal agency.
- Computer Systems Management and Standards