HudsonTrident and Fundación Tito Mella Awarded United States Trade and Development Agency Grant to Develop National Port Cybersecurity Assessment Platform in the Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, February 19, 2019 // HudsonTrident, Inc., an affiliate of HudsonAnalytix, Inc., and the Fundación Tito Mella are pleased to announce the receipt of a United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) technical assistance grant to develop a national port cybersecurity assessment platform in the Dominican Republic. HudsonTrident’s HACyberLogix-informed assessment approach will enable four Dominican ports to cost-effectively assess their entire organizational cybersecurity capabilities and identify cybersecurity capability vulnerabilities. The assessments will support HudsonTrident, the Fundación Tito Mella, and the Dominican port industry in implementing a nationwide cybersecurity assessment platform to identify and manage cyber risks.
Cyber risk has grown in importance as maritime trade becomes increasingly automated and dependent on information availability and accuracy while facing global threats. After the NotPetya attacks that debilitated several port terminals and other maritime transportation organizations, port and maritime stakeholders are increasingly recognizing the urgency to address the challenge of cyber threats. Further, the potential risks posed by the reliance on information systems have become a fundamental component of enterprise security for ports and shipping companies.
“Like physical risk, understanding and mitigating cyber risk is an important topic within the maritime industry regardless of a port’s size. HACyberLogix is an innovative platform that can lead the way toward efficient cyber risk management,” said HudsonTrident Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Hudson. “We are excited to begin work with USTDA and the Fundación Tito Mella and use HACyberLogix on this important project in the Dominican Republic.”
Recipient of Lloyd’s List 2017 Digital Innovation Award, endorsed by North of England P&I, and powered by NTELX’s iDMX technology, the HACyberLogix platform uniquely combines more than 30 years of port and maritime risk management expertise with current cybersecurity expertise, capabilities, and best practices via an intuitive electronic interface that delivers meaningful cybersecurity guidance, insights, recommendations, and trend analysis capabilities to decision-makers. Designed to foster collaboration across an organization, HACyberLogix informs where and how port and maritime organizations should best and most efficiently allocate precious resources, enables organizations to benchmark their cybersecurity capability progress over time, and helps organizations sustain their long-term cyber risk management efforts.
Max Bobys, Vice President of HudsonCyber, said, “Since inception, our goal has been to leverage technology to provide high value-add knowledge, expertise, and guidance across the global port and maritime industry at a reasonable and sustainable price point. We are looking forward to working with USTDA as it promotes US industry and the Fundación Tito Mella as it assumes a leading role in the Dominican port industry on the subject of cyber risk management.”
HACyberLogix also incorporates the latest cybersecurity standards from the US National Institute of Standards & Technology, the Center for Internet Security’s Critical Controls, and the ISO / IEC 27001 guidelines. Even more, it aligns with the International Maritime Organization’s International Safety Management and International Ship and Port Facility Security Codes, factoring in existing activities port and maritime stakeholders are already performing that are not readily identifiable as cyber-specific, but nonetheless support cybersecurity capability maturity.
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HudsonTrident (HT) is a wholly owned subsidiary of HudsonAnalytix that has provided high-end security and risk management solutions to the global maritime industry since 2002. HT’s International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code track record includes more than 2,800 ships and 300 ports and facilities spanning many in designated high-risk, high-threat areas. Our clients depend on us for enterprise-wide security management, including design/engineering of integrated systems, planning, loss prevention, training, and asset protection. Our security plans are International Maritime Organization (IMO)- compliant, meet the applicable requirements of the United States Marine Transportation Safety Act (MTSA) of 2002, and have been accepted by over 80 Flag State Authorities or their designated regional security officers (RSOs).
The Fundación Tito Mella is one of the most prominent port- and maritime-focused non-profit organizations in the Dominican Republic. The Fundación was created to enhance the global port and maritime economy and promote the Dominican Republic as a world-class, leading country in the industry. Specifically, the Fundación has promoted activities within the Dominican Republic to expand progress in the country’s maritime and port industries by providing up-to-date knowledge and implementing best practices in areas such as maritime law, maritime administration, fishing, natural resources, and continuing education and professional development of all professionals involved in the field.