The document is culmination of four months of collaboration between 22 experts from IAPH member ports as well as Associate Member cybersecurity specialists and contributors from the World Bank.
It will serve as a crucial, neutral document for senior executive decision makers at ports who are responsible for safeguarding against cybersecurity risks as well as ensuring the continued business resilience of their organization.
The document aims to assist ports and port facilities to establish the true financial, commercial & operational impact of a cyber-attack.
It also is intended to help ports and port facilities make an objective assessment on their readiness to prevent, stop and recover from a cyber-attack.
The Guidelines also addresses the difficult question of what port organizations need in terms of resources to effectively manage cybersecurity risks.
Patrick Verhoeven, IAPH Managing Director commented: “We have produced this set of port and port facilities cybersecurity guidelines targeting the strategic rather than technical level. They are designed to create awareness among the C-level management of port authorities. But on the other hand, we also wanted to bring this to the attention of the IMO, so the guidelines have been submitted to both the IMO Facilitation and Maritime Safety Committees for consideration. The latter meets in October where we will present them.”