Military

Statement from National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien Regarding the National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan

Issued on: January 5, 2021



President Trump has released the “National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan,” which sets forth how the United States government will defend the American economy through enhanced cybersecurity coordination, policies and practices, aimed at mitigating risks to the maritime sub-sector, promoting prosperity through information and intelligence sharing, and preserving and increasing the nation’s cyber workforce.

President Trump designated the cybersecurity of the Maritime Transportation System (MTS) as a top priority for national defense, homeland security, and economic competitiveness in the 2017 National Security Strategy.

The MTS contributes to one quarter of all United States gross domestic product, or approximately $5.4 trillion. MTS operators are increasingly reliant on information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) to maximize the reliability and efficiency of maritime commerce.

This plan articulates how the United States government can buy down the potential catastrophic risks to our national security and economic prosperity created by technology innovations to strengthen maritime commerce efficiency and reliability.

The National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan unifies maritime cybersecurity resources, stakeholders, and initiatives to aggressively mitigate current and near-term maritime cyberspace threats and vulnerabilities while complementing the National Strategy for Maritime Security.

The Plan identifies government priority actions to close maritime cybersecurity gaps and vulnerabilities over the next five years.

This Administration continues to defend American workers and American prosperity while strengthening our national security.

President Trump has taken numerous steps to bolster cybersecurity measures, promote American workers, defend American technology, and lead the world in technological innovation. Today’s release furthers the President’s successes at bridging the private and public technological and industrial sectors to benefit the American people and protect the American way of life.



2 replies »

  1. Amen.
    My questions: Why don’t Common cybersecurity standards exist (according to Priority Action 1)?
    And, according to Priority Action 4, Why doesn’t a Framework for examining port OT systems already exist?
    It seems to me that having these two items in place would go a long way in providing consistency within the MTS.

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