Security

Bustling Ports Strain Security Staffing

Ports seek skilled, experienced workers to tackle security needs, including rising demands on the cybersecurity front. * By Tom Gresham * The growing economy and corresponding increase in activity at the nation’s ports have put pressure on the security side of port operations, officials say. More traffic means more to protect – and to protect against. However, the strength of ...

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Keeping the Waterside Secure

Ports enhance their security capabilities through resource and information-sharing collaborations with government agencies and private organizations.  * By Mary Lou Jay * When it comes to waterside security at U.S. ports, small boats pose some of the biggest problems, according to Jeffrey Brown, senior vice president of critical infrastructure and public safety  at ARES Security (ASC). Suicide bombers, like those ...

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Port Security — An Exercise in Partnerships

Coordination among port police and technology personnel is critical for physical and cybersecurity, and partnerships between ports, terminal operators and others are necessary for successful security. By Barry Parker Security continues to be an important concern throughout the maritime world, with the challenges steadily broadening throughout all touchpoints for industrial supply chains or passenger movements through ports. The security scope ...

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PORTS & POLITICS: Lessons From the Past: A Renewed Commentary on Port Security

Security measures are much different than 20 years ago, and as we experience and deal with new threats, we must take the lessons learned and build on that framework. By Albio Sires (NJ-08) Safety at our country’s ports is not only essential to our economy but critical to our national security. Each day ships arrive at our shores carrying cargo ...

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GUEST ARTICLE: Cyber Security: What Port Authorities Need to Know

Effective cyber-risk governance does not require a degree in computer science. However, an understanding of the dynamics of cyber-vulnerability can assist directors in setting protection priorities and overseeing contingency and remediation plans. By Art Linton The frequency and severity of maritime cyber-attacks increases every year. Often, damage is ongoing and not discovered for years. A cyber-attack on the port of ...

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Safe Port Act Needed to Keep Ports Safe, Economy Moving

By Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-ME) Ranking Member and Former Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Two years ago, a radioactive container packed in Saudi Arabia arrived in the bustling seaport of Genoa, Italy, according to last November’s edition of Wired. The port in Genoa is similar to some of the 361 seaports in the U.S.: it ...

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10 Years Later, Port Security Needs Remain

By Bethann Rooney Chair, AAPA Port Security Caucus Prior to 9/11, security was not a top concern for most U.S. ports. That has changed. Enhancing maritime security and protecting our ports from acts of terrorism and other crime while ensuring the efficient flow of commerce remains a top priority for the members of the American Association of Port Authorities. Security ...

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Strong Seaports – Teaming Up to Step Up Safety and Security

By Lori Musser Interim Editor AAPA Seaports Magazine Twentieth century window-dressing style port security efforts have gradually given way to thorough,thoughtfully designed and vigorous seaport situational awareness command and control programs. But not without a struggle. And the work to cultivate strong seaports continues. The work has been made more difficult by the evolving definition of a safe and secure ...

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