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4 Proceedings Winter 2014 – 2015 www.uscg.mil/proceedings Admiral Paul F. Zukunft Commandant U.S. Coast Guard The Marine Safety & Security Council of the United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Steven D. Poulin Judge Advocate General Chairman Mr. Jeffrey G. Lantz Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards Member Rear Admiral Peter J. Brown Assistant Commandant for Response Policy Member Rear Admiral Paul F. Thomas Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy Member Rear Admiral Todd A. Sokalzuk Assistant Commandant for Resources, Chief Financial Off cer Member Rear Admiral Peter W. Gautier Director for Governmental and Public Affairs Member Captain Jonathan C. Burton Director of Inspections and Compliance Member Mr. William R. Grawe (Acting) Director of National Pollution Funds Center Member Mr. Gary C. Rasicot Director of Marine Transportation Systems Management Member Ms. Mary E. Landry Director of Incident Management and Preparedness Policy Member Mr. Michael W. Mumbach Executive Secretary Since its founding in 1790, the Coast Guard has long defended our nation from all manner of maritime threats. Piracy, smuggling, and disasters on the sea were the stocks-in-trade for Alexander Hamilton's Revenue Cutters, as they are for today's modern Coast Guard. Those early sailors understood the meaning of seamanship, and the service eventually incorporated commercial vessel and facility inspection activities, establishing a tie with the marine industry that is foundational to our modern maritime safety and security pro- grams. From missions involving boiler explosions and f res to oil spills, natural disasters, and terrorist attacks, we have achieved a remarkable degree of success in reducing risk and protecting the American people and the vessels, facilities, crews, and workers that make up the marine transportation system, from all hazards and threats. Cybersecurity represents the latest risk to this system and is a growing concern for consum- ers, corporations, and law enforcement agencies. This concern is well founded. Computers and other cyber-dependent technologies are growing parts of our lives and businesses. These systems are potentially vulnerable to many types of risks, from deliberate attacks, to the unintended but damaging introduction of malware, to simple technical failure. In most cases, cyber "accidents" are at least as likely as a targeted cyber attack. Regardless of the source or motivation of the threat, however, cyber vulnerabilities within the marine transportation system could compromise vital safety, security, and environmental func- tions, or lead to widespread trade disruptions. While cybersecurity risks are real and growing, so is our commitment to address them. The Coast Guard is developing policies to help industry address cybersecurity in a systematic way. We are also taking measures to protect our own systems and to address cybersecurity at the port level through area maritime security committees. This edition of Proceedings includes a wealth of information that can help the marine indus- try understand and address this risk. In particular, we encourage industry to review the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the associated Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community Voluntary Program developed by the Department of Homeland Security. Social engineering and zero-day vulnerabilities must now become as much a part of our vocabulary as relief valves and f re drills. We thank the authors for their work in developing such a rich collection of information that can help us all develop a "culture of cybersecurity." Assistant Commandants' Perspective By ReaR aDMiRal MaRshall B. lyTle iii Acting Deputy Commandant for Mission Support Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information Technology Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command ReaR aDMiRal Paul f. ThOMas Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy U.S. Coast Guard &