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Maritime Compliance: Ports and Facility Cyber Security Awareness

May 25, 2018 | 10:00 - 11:00 am CST

Ports and Facility Cyber Security Awareness

Cyber security is one of industry's most pressing issues. This webinar shares ABS Group's domain expertise in maritime cyber safety, with insights to help our clients protect their ports, vessels and operations.

In 2018, ABS and the U.S. Coast Guard's Office of Port and Facility Compliance held a series of Cyber Security Awareness Trainings for the U.S. Coast Guard Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) members. The AMSCs were established post-9/11 to address maritime and port security issues as well as improve communication between federal, state and local agencies. 

More than 200 members participated in the Maritime Transportation System Cyber Awareness trainings, which were based on cyber security assessments conducted by ABS on maritime facilities and ports during research with the Maritime Security Center—a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence—led by Stevens Institute of Technology over a 2-year period. 

This on-demand webinar provides basic cyber awareness and the common cyber vulnerabilities for maritime ports, facilities and vessel operations.

What We Cover:

  • Current cybersecurity and risk requirements for maritime transportation
  • Instruction on maritime information and operational technologies
  • Cyber security risk assessments based on real-world field applications
  • A simple cyber risk model for evaluating threats
  • Practical guidance to bolster cyber security and additional resources to protect against cyber threats

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Cris DeWitt

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 technical advisory and certification services to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in the oil, gas and chemical, power generation, marine, offshore and government sectors, among others. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals globally. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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