Container ship leaving bay area. The U.S. is seeking to expand critical infrastructure standards to include transport and the supply chain. (Derell Licht/licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0)

The White House unveiled a National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan meant to set standards for the U.S. maritime transportation system (MTS), including guidelines around threat information sharing, creating a cybersecurity workforce and establishing a risk framework for operational technology (OT) in ports.

Noting that “technology innovation develops at a pace faster than that which global maritime security can maintain, creating low-cost opportunities for malicious actors,” the plan put forth by the National Security Council, called on “all levels of government, the private sector, and international partners” to “collaborate through recognized forums, interagency bodies, and communities to develop, refine, and implement maritime cybersecurity standards, share best practices, and protect the maritime domain” to protect the U.S. economy and national security.

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