President Biden signs executive order to tackle cyber-threats at US ports

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President Joe Biden signed an executive order to enhance cybersecurity at U.S. ports, introducing regulations for port operators to guard against cyberattacks. The move, reflecting the administration’s broader effort to modernize the protection of critical infrastructure, aims to mitigate risks from increasing cyber threats. Highlighting the economic significance of ports and their vulnerability to digital attacks, the initiative mandates nationwide cybersecurity standards similar to physical safety regulations. The 2021 Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack exemplifies the potential disruption from cyber threats. With a significant portion of port cargo handling equipment coming from China and controlled remotely, the risk of espionage or sabotage is heightened. The new rules, enforced by the Coast Guard, will require port operators to report cyber incidents and comply with established cybersecurity measures.

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