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Effective Implementation of Cyber Security for Ports and Terminals

March 20, 2019 | 10:00 - 10:30 am CST

Implementation of Cyber Security for 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.

So what does a U.S. Coast Guard compliant cyber security Facility Security Plan (FSP) look like?

This webinar will dive into the effective implementation of cyber security into a compliant U.S. Coast Guard FSP utilizing NIST best practices.

What We Cover:

  • Why NIST?
  • What you really need to know about NIST
  • Understanding your network
  • Structuring your plan
  • What you can do to get started

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Cris DeWitt is a Senior Technical Advisor to ABS Group. He has advised ABS and ABS Group on cyber security for operational technology. In this role, he has primarily focused on cyber security for high consequence assets with complex automation systems, such as control systems on drillships, ultra deep-water drilling rigs and LNG vessels.

With over 25 years of professional experience in the technology and cyber security fields, his areas of expertise include industrial control systems, control system cyber security, operational efficiency, industrial engineering, security hardening and industrial control system cyber security for maritime assets.

In the past two years, DeWitt has performed over 40 operational technology cyber security assessments for maritime assets. He recently was the Principal Investigator in a cyber security research project with the Stevens Institute funded by the United States Coast Guard and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

He is credentialed as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GISP). DeWitt is a Senior Fellow of the Information Systems Security Association.

His current areas of interest for research include control system brittleness, systems thinking and outcome-based governance.

About ABS

ABS, a leading global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, is committed to setting standards for safety and excellence in design and construction. Focused on safe and practical application of advanced technologies and digital solutions, ABS works with industry and clients to develop accurate and cost-effective compliance, optimized performance and operational efficiency for marine and offshore assets.   

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides data-driven risk and reliability solutions and technical services that help clients confirm the safety, integrity, quality and environmental efficiency of critical assets and operations. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,300 professionals in over 25 countries serving the industrial manufacturing, oil, gas and chemical, marine, offshore and government sectors. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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