Cybersecurity

Background

The terminal operators and stevedores increasingly rely on cyber systems to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations. Terminal operating systems are often referred to by the acronym, TOS. Functions inherent in commercial business also rely on cyber systems to track the revenue from commercial contracts as well as the expenses from labor and capital investment. As is the case in business across the country, terminal operators place a premium on cyber system security as it contributes to business continuity.

The U.S. Coast Guard has primary responsibility to propose an implementation of federal cyber security rules and guidelines specific to the maritime industry. Members of the marine terminal and stevedore industry are conscious of threats to their cyber systems and take risk managed efforts to defend their businesses. Such members are pleased to accept support in the form of information from their federal partners such as the Coast Guard, but are skeptical of the value in providing cyber system information, often proprietary, on a one way path to the federal government.

NAWE Position

NAWE recognizes the responsibility of facility operators to develop and maintain security over their cyber systems particularly from inside threats. NAWE also believes there is a government role and responsibility to plan, develop and provide cyber security measures to support legal and peaceful uses of the internet addressing threats from external sources. Contrary to the indications of Congressional and Administration positions, NAWE does not believe the operator has the primary role of providing security across the global cyber space.