2016 Apr 13

USA to provide insight into cyber security and technological systems at International Port Security 2016

SMi Group reports: SMi’s highly anticipated 7th annual International Port Security will return to London on the 1st-2nd June.

With the constant evolution of technology in today's society, cyber security and technological systems are key areas that need to be considered when discussing port security. These are two topics which will be explored across the two-day conference.

"As more US ports turn to automation to increase the efficiency of their operations, the House Homeland Security Committee warns they could be at risk of cyber-attacks." *(Source)

Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, USCG will be speaking on Day one of the conference about 'Preparing a Cyber Security Policy in the USA to Protect American Ports'. His session will focus on: Recent examples of cyber-attacks within ports and the impact of these on the port; challenges faced by the US Coastguard in developing a policy; solutions devised to defeat these challenges as well as further improving cyber security within ports.

“The Port of Long Beach (POLB), the second business seaport in the US, is just one port working towards developing the most automated and efficient container terminal in the US, along with its neighbour, Port of Los Angeles (POLA)." *(Source)

Randy Parsons, Director of Security from the Port of Long Beach will be delivering a key note presentation on 'How the 'Virtual Port' Enhances Domain Awareness, Incident Response & Recovery.' Mr Parsons will also be taking part in the Panel Discussion on Day-Two of the conference which will focus on 'What Measures Can be Taken by Ports to Improve Security Operations'. He will be joined by representatives from Port of Dover, Port of Rotterdam and Malta Transport Authority.

Visit the event website on to view the full two-day programme with all speakers and their topics.

Benefits of attending:

- With over 11 ports in attendance - collaborate and network with fellow experts to understand what they are doing to ensure their ports are kept safe.
- Examine the topical issue of cyber security and explore strategies being used to combat this
- Learn through practical case-studies delivered by carefully selected speakers
- Explore reacting to situations where technology breaks down
- Interact with opinion leaders through a workshop addressing key challenges in the sector

For further information visit the event website on   

There is currently an early bird offer available; book by 29th of April to save £200 off the conference price.

For sponsorship enquiries, contact Sadia Malick on +44 (0) 207 827 6748 or [email protected]

For delegate enquiries, contact Andrew Gibbons on +44 (0) 207 827 6156 or [email protected]  

For media enquiries, contact Zoe Gale on +44 (0) 207 827 6132 or [email protected]

7th annual International Port Security conference
1-2 June 2016
London, UK                     
Contact e-mail: [email protected]
Contact tel: +44 (0) 207 827 6194

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