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Cyber Risk Management to be Focus of State Dept. Meeting

Thursday, December 31, 2015
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The Department of State will hold an open meeting Jan. 25, 2016, in Arlington, Va., to gather public comment on the cyber-related agenda items to be considered at the fortieth session of the International Maritime Organization’s Facilitation Committee, which will be held in the United Kingdom April 4-8, 2016. These agenda items include the following.

- requirements for access to, or electronic versions of, certificates and documents, including record books required to be carried on ships

- guidelines on the facilitation aspects of protecting the maritime transport network from cyberthreats

- technical cooperation activities related to facilitation of maritime traffic

To better understand all aspects of the maritime industry’s use of cyber systems, the DOS is also seeking input on the following questions.

- How has the maritime industry's increased reliance on digital information increased cyber risks associated with trade-related information (general declaration, cargo declaration, ship's stores declaration, crew's effects declaration, crew list, passenger list, dangerous goods manifest, universal postal convention, and maritime declaration of health)?

- What cyber risk management processes currently exist in the maritime industry to address the ongoing surge in the number, severity and complexity of cyber attacks?

- To what extent would those involved in maritime trade benefit from guidance for the protection of trade-related information?

- What are industry constraints and limitations that should be addressed or recognized in any future guidance?

Those who plan to attend this meeting should register no later than Jan. 18, 2016.

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