IBM Security has signed a new agreement with the Port of Los Angeles to boost its cybersecurity readiness and to enhance threat-sharing and collaboration with the supply chain ecosystem.

According to the $6.8m, three-year agreement, IBM will be responsible for the design, installation, and operation of a Port Cyber Resilience Center (CRC).

IBM will provide technology and expertise, which will help the stakeholders to identify and protect assets in response to malicious cyber incidents.

The port is currently under an infrastructure investment programme, which aims to increase cargo efficiency and to boost the digital information flow.

CRC will act as a maritime Security Intelligence and Operations Center (SIOC) in order to automate threat collaboration and increase the reach.

In July last year, the City of Los Angeles Harbor Department invited companies to submit bids for the development of a cyber resilience centre for its city’s port.

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The cyber resilience centre was recommended in order to help mitigate a cyber incident risk that could interrupt cargo flow across the port, which is Southern California’s gateway to international commerce.

Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka said: “The Cyber Resilience Center will provide a cutting-edge early warning system to further defend the port and its stakeholders against cyber threats.

“This will result in greater collective knowledge, enhanced data sharing throughout our port ecosystem, and will help to maintain the flow of critical cargo.”

In August, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a new regulation to decrease pollution from ocean-going vessels when docked at the busiest California ports.