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  • Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2015

    by Representative Alan S. Lowenthal

    Posted on 2015-12-16

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    LOWENTHAL asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. LOWENTHAL. I thank the gentlewoman for yielding.



    Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 3878, the Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2015.

    Mr. Speaker, in southern California, I represent the Port of Long Beach, which is one of the busiest seaports in the country, is set to handle more than 7 million containers this year, and accounts for nearly 20 percent of all the loaded containers moving throughout our Nation. It is a critical link for trade between our country and Asia and is a linchpin for our national security and our national economy. In other words, the security of the Port of Long Beach is not to be treated lightly.

    I am not a stranger to the critical nature of the port, but we are now learning about emerging port-specific cyber threats. This body recently took the first steps to fight off the growing threats to our Nation's cybersecurity with a number of bills and hearings on this topic. I am glad that out of those hearings, our attention now turns to the cybersecurity of our critical infrastructure, including the hundreds of cargo ports in this country.

    As a result of H.R. 3878, we would see working groups forming at our ports and coming together to address port-specific cybersecurity vulnerabilities. These findings would be shared with appropriate stakeholders, including Federal and local governments, port authorities, terminal operators, as well as law enforcement, in an effort to enhance cybersecurity situational awareness at the ports.

    Mr. Speaker, I am confident that these working groups will continue to find innovative solutions in response to this emerging threat. Within the working groups, I hope that they will codify key definitions and classification mechanisms and that they will come out of these discussions to ensure the effectiveness of the group.

    In closing, Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support this important bill.

    Mrs. MILLER of Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

    Mrs. TORRES. Mr. Speaker, I yield 3 minutes to the gentlewoman from California (Ms. Hahn).

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