23 January 2019

 

On 23 January, FEPORT participated in the first European Transport Cybersecurity Conference in EMSA premises in Lisbon. The Conference was organized by the European Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) in cooperation with the European Commission (DG MOVE), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

The objective of the Conference was to kick-off further cooperation between all actors responsible for ensuring security of critical infrastructure and networks. This is viewed as essential given that cyberattacks are increasingly becoming more sophisticated.

Participants were of the view that there is already a suitable legislative framework at European level (NIS Directive). What is now crucial is to ensure a proper implementation of the Directive, especially given of many IT systems. It was stressed that guidelines may be required in this regard.

In the port industry, all actors must take up their responsibilities to ensure their networks are secure. Given the interconnectivity of networks in the port environment, the general resilience of a port system is only as strong as the weakest link.