New White Paper on Port Community Cybersecurity released

One major outcome of the intensive work in recent weeks by the IAPH’s World Ports Sustainability Program Covid19 Task Force has been the very urgent need for ports to digitalize processes and data exchanges as we move towards a post-COVID19 modus operandi. This conclusion has led to IAPH organizing an industry call to action in the first week of June which has culminated in a joint communiqué by various maritime industry associations to the IMO.

This call to action is now being matched in practice with the publication of the WPSP Port Community Cyber Security White Paper, which serves as guide to those ports now gearing up for digitalization.


The fifteen-page White Paper has been put together by IAPH in association with ICHCA International and TT Club, with the idea for it originally emerging from a meeting between the contributors at the TT Club offices in London, during the 2019 edition of London International Shipping Week. It is the product of a collaborative effort between port and cyber security experts, collectively offering many decades of experience both inside and outside the maritime industry. Each chapter in the paper explores a different dimension of the cyber conundrum, with practical recommendations, advice and examples. These include :


  • Why cyber security is such a vital issue for port communities looking at trade, regulatory, geo-political and defense dimensions.
  • The importance of ‘speaking the same language’ around cyber security.
  • What is commonly missing in port community cyber security and practical suggestions on steps to increase cyber resilience.
  • The essential building blocks for a cyber resilient port community.
  • Current cyber security provisions in the IMO rules and the potential evolution of the Port Facility Security Officer role for the future.


The report also contains a well-defined Glossary of Cyber Terms in order for the document to reach beyond IT-articulate professionals in the port industry.


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