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12 Proceedings Winter 2014 – 2015 www.uscg.mil/proceedings technologies to improve operational effciency, including plans to develop an unmanned drone cargo ship. 1 So the marine industry must pay greater attention to the resultant threats and vulnerabilities through risk-based initiatives and stakeholder collaboration. Additionally, cybersecurity protection depends on many cyber systems (including computer networks) to connect ships, containers, and rigs. In a competitive global landscape, maritime facilities must also protect sensitive business information and proprietary data. These efforts are critical not only to the maritime industry, but also to the industry's stakeholders in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Defense. Improving Cybersecurity To guide these efforts, President Obama signed an executive order and policy directive that focus on a "whole-of-community" approach to cyber resilience, where government and industry across the nation work together to make cybersecurity a priority. 2 The National Institute of Standards and Technology also developed the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, which consists of standards, guidelines, and best practices to promote critical infrastructure pro- tection through cyber risk management. 3 In support of these policies, DHS launched the Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (C³ or "C-cubed") Voluntary Program, which is an innovative public/private partnership that aligns critical infrastructure owners and operators with resources to help them use the cybersecurity framework and manage their cyber risks. As U.S. ports are more reliant on technology, they must increasingly rely on the security of that technology. Insuf- fcient cybersecurity leaves ports vulnerable to those who would disrupt the just-in-time delivery system that sustains U.S. commerce fow, which could also send a shockwave through the global economy. However, cybersecurity experts are not just concerned about ports. Vessels are now equipped with integrated bridge systems, automation systems, and other increasingly com- plex technologies that are critical to maritime operations. Companies are also innovating and investing in high-seas C-Cubed Increasing cyber resilience, awareness, and managing risk. by MR. ThaD ODDeRsTOl Director, Industry Engagement and Resilience U.S. Department of Homeland Security Governance Ship control board: Evgeny Sergeev / iStock / Thinkstock; Binary code: fik47 / iStock / Thinkstock