Cyber Protection thru Rail and Port Collaboration? Yes, It Works! presented at SecureRail 2019

by Christy Cordell,

Summary : On February 13, 2015, the White House under President Obama issued an Executive Order (EO) “Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing”. The government believed that private sector cybersecurity information sharing could be a game changer against well-resourced and motivated adversaries who target the private sector. This EO called for the development of Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs) to engage with the Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) for purposes of “sharing of information related to cybersecurity risks and incidents”. Fast forward to 2019, the Maritime and Port Security Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (MPS-ISAO), which was operationalized in 2017, has brought together rail, ports, and maritime stakeholders for cybersecurity collaboration. Through the MPS-ISAO, shared malicious and suspicious activity along with countermeasure solutions enable proactive defense. This presentation will provide the audience with current examples of how early situational awareness makes a difference. Case studies and technologies will be examined.