In one look.

  • Harbor Crane Software Threat (and the Cost of Solving It).
  • Upcoming US Rail Cyber ​​Security Conference.
  • The NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate is planning an expansion.
  • An Irish information order is mentioned.

A new US bill bans harbor crane software from adversaries.

The U.S. Congress introduced the Port Crane Security and Inspection Act of 2022, a bill that would ban port cranes sold under contracts with countries considered U.S. foreign adversaries from being used in U.S. ports, and operators already using such cranes would be required to remove any crane. software produced by these countries within five years. This would include cranes made in China, which happens to be the world’s largest manufacturer of ship-to-shore gantry cranes. Chinese company ZPMC dominates about 70% of the global crane market, and its cranes are currently operating in the largest container ports in the United States.

Experts predict the legislation will put a major crimp in an already overstretched supply chain. Scott Dickerson, executive director of the Maritime Transportation System Information Sharing and Analysis Center Institute, told FreightWaves: “These are major investments for the industry and to keep some cranes out of service. [with current software] within five years would have a serious impact on shore operations and ultimately the general public. It’s not as simple as replacing the software… The supply chain issues we see today would likely be much worse with this proposed legislation. The Port Cranes for America Act, which would establish a grant program that could cover up to 80% of the cost of gantry cranes for terminal operators, could offset the logistics costs of the new law, but Dickerson fears the coordination of the approving grants can pose its own challenges.

Rail Cybersecurity Conference scheduled for May.

As we noted earlier, the US Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has introduced new legislation to bolster cybersecurity in the transportation industry. The Cyber ​​Senator Rail Cybersecurity USA Conference, to be held May 12 in Arlington, Virginia, will allow key stakeholders to discuss the impact of these new guidelines on the US rail industry. Digital Journal reports that Sonya Proctor, TSA Assistant Administrator for Surface Operations, will discuss how the rail industry can approach risk management in surface modes of transportation, and Benjamin Gilbert of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will address key vulnerabilities facing the rail sector.

The future of the NSA’s cybersecurity directorate.

The U.S. National Security Agency’s (NSA) Cybersecurity Directorate is preparing expansion plans, reports C4ISRNet. The directorate was created two years ago to help communicate details about threats to the private sector and the defense industrial base. As heightened international tensions (Russia, anyone?) heighten the threat of potential cyberattacks, management is looking to take it to the next level. In a virtual presentation yesterday, Chief Technical Officer Neal Ziring said, “We use intelligence and let it drive risk mitigation and partnership building. How can we do this on a larger scale?… How can we start spreading cyber threat information to many partners and do it at an appropriate speed? A solution: Ziring says the NSA plans to learn about vulnerabilities posed by machine learning and artificial intelligence, technologies that are gaining popularity at the Department of Defense.

Irish Information Command will focus on national cybersecurity.

The Irish Commission for the Defense Force (CoDF) has recommended the creation of a government cyber administration body, called Information Command, which focuses on preventing online attacks on the state. The Defense Post explains that the body would take on a “frontline role in detecting and deterring cyberattacks, combating disinformation and protecting the integrity of Ireland’s elections from online threats”. Inspired by similar structures in Sweden, Germany and the UK, the corps will be made up of several sub-units and will employ up to three hundred people while also relying on civilian personnel and reservists. The CoDF also issued recommendations calling for a complete overhaul of command and control structures, the creation of a new post of chief of defense and the creation of a joint strategic headquarters. Officials predict the proposal is likely to be implemented as last year’s massive cyberattack on the country’s Health Service Executive increased the country’s focus on cybersecurity.


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