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Leveraging DHS Grant Program to Address Physical and Cyber Security Vulnerabilities in US Ports



United States’ port infrastructure is facing an increased threat from adversaries capable of causing financial, economic, and interconnectivity disruptions. As these attacks increase, our capabilities to protect assets has decreased.  A holistic, comprehensive approach to secure assets and harden the attack surface is needed to make US ports more resilient to adversarial threats. 

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Enhancing cybersecurity is fundamental to reducing these threats at US ports.  Major vulnerabilities for US port owners and operators include: accessing controls, sensors, security cameras, SCADA systems, and process monitors such as valve positions and tank levels.   Also ship/shore interface machinery such as cranes, loading arms and manifolds pose cybersecurity risks which can compromise security and safety systems.  Enabling a comprehensive solution requires a systematized process orchestration across vendor, asset, configuration, network, vulnerability, threat and patch management. 

Recognizing these major threats US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has created a $100 Million Grant program. The DHS, through its Port Security Grant Program (PSGP), enables the adoption of physical and cyber solutions to strengthen the nation’s critical port infrastructure against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks.  DHS will fund 75% of an approved budget for each awarded contract.  The deadline for applying for funds under this grant program is May 29, 2019.

In this webinar, Fortress Information Security and SecureXperts, two leading cybersecurity companies specialized in port infrastructure will discuss various physical and cyber security issues and solutions to harden cyber-physical security at ports. In addition, key elements that drive effective cyber security resulting from IT, OT, IoT, IIoT, IT and vendor risk will be discussed. 


Tony Turner, Fortress Information Security

Tony Turner | Vice President, Security Solutions | Fortress Information Security

Tony has helped hundreds of companies with strategic and tactical approaches to solving information security challenges. He has extensive experience in helping customers across Information Technology, Operational Technology and Business Process boundaries. As the global head of Application Security for a Fortune 150 and senior security executive in Air Travel, Manufacturing, Energy, Government, Retail and Insurance, as well as over 25 years of consulting and operations experience, he brings a diverse skill set that includes Security Program Development, Business Continuity, Compliance, Incident Response, Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Management, Security Architecture and Network and Application Security.

Tony is a frequent speaker at industry conferences such as SANS, B-Sides, DerbyCon, ISSA, ISACA and others, and is a mainstay of the FL information security community, having founded several security groups and conferences. He holds a B.S. from Hodges University and over 20 security certifications such as CISSP, CISA, GCIH, GCIA, OPSE and many others.

Darnell Washington  -  SecureXperts

Darnell Washington | President/CEO | SecureXperts

Darnell Washington is an industry-recognized expert in the implementation of commercial security solutions for monitoring, identifying, and reporting on unauthorized activities in enterprise computing environments. He has been involved in numerous high-level incidents and regularly advises the security community at large on supply chain security, insider threat management, emerging technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, and blockchain ledger security platforms.

Mr. Washington was granted a US Patent in July 2011 for a Secure remote Device to Device video monitoring (Patent Number 7979692) enabling secure video applications that provide high assurance encryption and data protection technologies for Law Enforcement and public safety organizations. This technology is currently being licensed to multinational corporations and evaluated by the US Federal Government using encryption standards capable of storing classified data up to the secret level. At the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida, he oversees threat intelligence platforms for the Maritime and Port Security.