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House Approves Legislation to Strengthen Port Cybersecurity

The House unanimously approved on 16 December 2015 the Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act (H.R. 3878, introduced on 2 November 2015 by Rep. Torres, Democrat-California). This bill requires the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to take certain steps to enhance cybersecurity situational awareness and information sharing between and with maritime security stakeholders from federal, state, local and tribal governments, public safety and emergency response agencies, law enforcement and security organisations, maritime industry participants, port owners and operators, and maritime terminal owners and operators.

Among other things, DHS would require new area maritime security plans and facility security plans to include mitigation measures to prevent, manage and respond to cyber threats and vulnerabilities and must ensure that maritime security risk assessments include cybersecurity risks to ports and the U.S. maritime border.

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