ICTSI announces new port cyber security measures

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Manila-based International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) announced this week that it had entered a partnership with security software services company BlackBerry Cylance to upgrade cyber security at its 32 terminals worldwide.

The move comes after questions were raised in the Australian parliament in October over security and the offshoring of jobs at Australia’s first fully automated container terminal.

Victoria International Container Terminal, Melbourne, is a wholly owned subsidiary of ICTSI. The joint ICTSI/BlackBerry media release acknowledged that cyber security was the new frontier in maritime safety.

Evan Davidson, vice-president of sales at BlackBerry Cylance APAC, cited a Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies/Lloyds study estimating that a cyber attack on Asian ports could cost as much as USD110 billion. That is half the total global loss from natural catastrophes in 2018.

“ICTSI is on a journey to increase their cyber maturity,” Davidson told SAS. “They were running three versions of cyber software and did not have the critical intervention they required.”

Davidson would not specify if there had been any recent cyber attacks at ICTSI terminals. However, he asserted the software could predict and prevent future attacks in 99% of cases. ICTSI spokesperson Brian Hibbert said there was a huge risk to the organisation in today’s threat climate, “Economies never sleep – but neither do hackers,” he said.

“Some sites were using signature-based AV tools [audio-visual tools], some were using free solutions. Others were using out-of-date technology,” said Hibbert. “This was a huge risk to our organisation in today’s threat climate, so we applied a single-unified approach to endpoint security across our portfolio.”

ICTSI is now leveraging CylancePROTECT, a software that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to “detect, prevent, and contain existing and new malware”, the company announced.