HudsonAnalytix completes MarAd grant for port cybersecurity assessment

(WASHINGTON) — HudsonAnalytix Inc. and its subsidiary HudsonCyber have announced the successful completion of a U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) Cargo Handling Cooperative Program (CHCP) grant to perform cybersecurity capability assessment workshops at three U.S. ports.

HudsonAnalytix’s HACyberLogix-informed assessment approach enabled these ports to cost-effectively assess their entire organizational cybersecurity capabilities and identify cybersecurity capability vulnerabilities. The results from these workshops will support MarAd CHCP in leading the adoption of cyber-risk management best practices across the U.S. port industry.

“The United States Maritime Administration and the Cargo Handling Cooperative Program are pleased to have sponsored this project, which covered ports with geographic, cargo type, and cargo tonnage diversity," said Rob Quartel, chairman of the CHCP and former Federal Maritime Commission member. "We are eager to continue working with the port industry to implement the recommendations and best practices included in this report.”

Recipient of Lloyd’s List 2017 Digital Innovation Award and endorsed by North of England P&I, and powered by NTELX’s iDMX technology, the HACyberLogix platform combines more than 30 years of maritime risk management expertise with current cybersecurity expertise, capabilities, and best practices via an intuitive electronic interface that delivers meaningful cybersecurity guidance, insights, recommendations, and trend analysis capabilities to decision-makers. Designed to foster collaboration across an organization, HACyberLogix informs where and how port and maritime organizations should best and most efficiently allocate precious resources, enables them to benchmark their cybersecurity capability progress over time, and helps them sustain their long-term cyber-risk management efforts.

“We were pleased to work with the Maritime Administration and HudsonAnalytix on a cyberworkshop," said Erik Smith, director of internal controls at the Port of Albany. "Like physical risk, understanding and mitigating cyber risk is an important topic within the maritime industry regardless of a port’s size. The workshop process was thorough, fast, and really helped us understand what steps we can take as we manage our cyber risk.”

HACyberLogix also incorporates the latest cybersecurity standards from the US National Institute of Standards & Technology, the Center for Internet Security’s Critical Controls, and the ISO/IEC 27001 guidelines. It aligns with the International Maritime Organization’s International Safety Management and International Ship and Port Facility Security Codes, factoring in existing activities port and maritime stakeholders are already performing that are not readily identifiable as cyber-specific, but nonetheless support cybersecurity capability maturity.

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By Professional Mariner Staff