IPCSA Publishes the Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations of its Cybersecurity Workshop

25 August 2015

IPCSA Cybersecurity Workshop, London, July 2015

A number of organisations – including the European Commission, International Maritime Organization, World Customs Organization, tax officials and governments – are focusing strongly on the issues and risks around cybersecurity. But until now there has been little focus on cybersecurity in the context of data sharing across the whole supply chain.

Members of the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA) invited key supply chain partners and stakeholders to join them for a day-long workshop to consider the challenges, risks and possible solutions in the field of cybersecurity in the Maritime and Logistics Supply Chain.

The workshop had two perspectives: firstly, what should Port Community Systems (PCSs) do individually and jointly, and secondly, what should the wider supply chain do.

Cybersecurity is:

  • A ‘top ten’ risk, according to a survey of 28 industry sectors and 1,500 companies (Aon Global Risk Management Survey 2015).
  • Vital for business continuity and reliability; vital for protection of the public; and vital for businesses seeking to be ‘trusted third parties’, as any breach can have a massive impact on a company’s reputation.

Millions of lives and livelihoods depend on many highly complex, constantly adapting supply chains. One weak link could threaten the entire supply chain.

Considering this from a PCS perspective:

  • The electronic communication platforms that Port Community Systems provide ensure the swift, efficient exchange of information and are vital for trade facilitation. However, in the wide variety of stakeholders sharing data within a PCS, each presents a unique risk.
  • A PCS must balance its ‘networking’ role, which is critical for trade facilitation, with the need to keep data secure, because any cybersecurity breach could affect the whole supply chain. How can PCSs ensure the data is available, while also ensuring the integrity and confidentiality of that information?

Thousands of companies within the logistics chain use PCSs as an added value to their business process. The effect of a PCS being influenced by a cyberaction could delay the port process. The delivery time of the goods could be influenced negatively by this.

The workshop was facilitated and led by Will Sambrook, from the Ideas Centre, and took the form of breakout discussions followed by the sharing of ideas and conclusions. It also included a presentation by Kevin Calder, of Mills & Reeve, on the legal aspects of cybersecurity......

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