Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2014

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56 Proceedings Spring 2014 www.uscg.mil/proceedings public awareness, and supported cyber security efforts through a joint cyber security action plan. In addition, DHS, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other federal departments and agencies collaborated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop a common cyber security framework that provides standards, best practices, and guidelines to provide a scalable, consistent approach to cyber secu- rity. This framework promotes open collaboration and accountability on cyber security within the private sector and enables businesses to analyze their current state of cyber security and develop the business case to achieve a desired future state. The Coast Guard is developing a long-term cyber secu- rity strategy to frame the service's cyber security needs, including protecting our own systems and improving cyber security within the marine transportation sys- tem. USCG has also partnered with the U.S. Depart- ment of Energy to adapt its Electricity Subsector Cyber Security Capability Maturity Model to evaluate, priori- tize, and improve cyber security capabilities within the maritime industry. These efforts are great starts to addressing cyber secu- rity within and across borders. They must be matured, sustained, and ever-evolving to meet the capricious nature of cyber threats. Throughout industry and gov- ernment, we must recognize the commonality of our cyber vulnerabilities and promote further collabora- tion and innovation to prevent, respond to, and recover from cyber-related disruptions. Technology has given us a gift that literally makes the thousands of miles of land and ocean between our borders relatively seamless. It is our duty as citizens, government, industry, and nations to protect this gift from those who aim to cross those borders for mali- cious purposes. About the author: CDR Ulysses Mullins is the Critical Infrastructure Protection Branch chief in the U.S. Coast Guard Offce of Port and Facility Compliance. His cur- rent duties include managing the Marine Transportation Recovery program, supporting marine transportation system security and resilience. He has served in the Coast Guard for more than 20 years in various capacities in marine safety, security, and environmental protection. Endnote: 1. See www.dhs.gov/beyond-border-shared-vision-perimeter-security-and-eco- nomic-competitiveness. Looking Ahead Since the Beyond the Border initiative, the U.S. and Canada have made inroads to address critical infrastructure and cyber security by recognizing partnerships, information sharing, and risk management as mainstays that the U.S. Department of Homeland (DHS) Security and Public Safety Canada will leverage to prevent, respond to, and recover from critical infrastructure disruptions. Both countries have engaged the private sector on cyber security, worked to improve information sharing, enhanced U.S./Canadian Maritime Resilience Efforts The United States-Canada Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness Action Plan In addition to the Beyond the Border initiative, Canada and the United States have embarked on joint maritime commerce resilience- related activities. In 2011, as part of the United States-Canada Perim- eter Security and Economic Competitiveness Action Plan, Transport Canada and the U.S. Coast Guard formed a framework for swiftly managing maritime trafc in event of an emergency. The frst phase was a pilot project in the Seattle, Wash./ Vancouver, B.C. region in collaboration with the Pacifc Northwest Economic Region organization, other levels of government, and industry stakeholders on both sides of the border. The participants developed information-sharing protocols and communication mechanisms and validated them at a table-top exercise. Eforts are now underway to expand this initiative to the Great Lakes and Atlantic regions. Trade Recovery Guidelines The U.S. Coast Guard and Transport Canada have also co-led an inter- national committee to develop voluntary trade recovery guidelines for the International Maritime Organization's Facilitation Committee. The guidelines are intended for nations and industry to use to mini- mize supply chain delays in the event of large-scale disruptions. Jupiterimages / Photos.com / Thinkstock Spring2014_26.indd 56 3/26/14 2:07 PM

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