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Cyber Security for U.S. Ports and Terminals

January 16, 2019 | 10:00 - 10:30 am CST

Cyber Security for U.S. Ports and Terminals

With the recent increase in cyber attacks on maritime ports and terminals worldwide, more focus is being placed on strategies to reduce cyber risk at maritime facilities. This webinar explores the development of maritime cyber security in the U.S. and makes predictions for the future based on the current landscape.

What We Cover:

We discuss the need to incorporate cybersecurity into mandated Facility Security Assessments and Facility Security Plans.

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Captain Dave Nichols

Captain Dave Nichols, USCG (ret.) is Business Development Director for Marine and Offshore at ABS Group. He is responsible for the development and delivery of cybersecurity services for maritime ports and terminals worldwide.

Captain Nichols joined ABS in June of 2018 after a 26-year U.S. Coast Guard career that culminated in his position as Chief of the Outer Continental Shelf Division overseeing all oil and gas drilling and production activities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Prior to that, he served in a number of marine safety positions including Chief of Port Operations, Commercial Vessel Inspector and Staff Judge Advocate. Most notably, Captain Nichols served as the Chief of Staff and Principal Legal Advisor to the Federal On Scene Coordinator during the Deepwater Horizon fire, explosion and pollution response. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee.

Captain Nichols received his Bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated cum laude from Tulane Law School in 2000 with an Admiralty Certificate. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the U. S. Supreme Court Bar.

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (ABS Group) and its operating subsidiaries provide risk management solutions and certification services worldwide that help clients address the safety, integrity, quality and environmental efficiency of critical assets and operations. Headquartered in Spring, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1200 professionals across the globe, serving the marine and offshore, oil, gas and chemical, government, power and energy and industrial sectors. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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