HudsonTrident, which offers security services for the maritime sector, and Fundación Tito Mella have received the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) technical assistance grant to develop a national port cyber security assessment platform in the Dominican Republic.
HudsonTrident’s HACyberLogix-informed assessment approach will enable four Dominican ports to cost-effectively assess their entire organizational cybersecurity capabilities and identify cybersecurity capability vulnerabilities.
The assessments will support HudsonTrident, the Fundación Tito Mella, and the Dominican port industry in implementing a nationwide cybersecurity assessment platform to identify and manage cyber risks.
Cyber risk has grown in importance as maritime trade becomes increasingly automated and dependent on information availability and accuracy while facing global threats. After the NotPetya attacks that debilitated several port terminals and other maritime transportation organizations, port and maritime stakeholders are increasingly recognizing the urgency to address the challenge of cyber threats.
Further, the potential risks posed by the reliance on information systems have become a fundamental component of enterprise security for ports and shipping companies.
“Like physical risk, understanding and mitigating cyber risk is an important topic within the maritime industry regardless of a port’s size. HACyberLogix is an innovative platform that can lead the way toward efficient cyber risk management,” said HudsonTrident Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Hudson.
“We are excited to begin work with USTDA and the Fundación Tito Mella and use HACyberLogix on this important project in the Dominican Republic,” Cynthia added.