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Jaxport to launch maritime cyber-security centre

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The Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport) has partnered with the non-profit Maritime Transportation System Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (MTS-ISAC) to form a new cyber-security information sharing cooperative.

The new initiative is dubbed the Northeast Florida Maritime Information Exchange (NEFL-MIX).

NEFL-MIX members will work together locally, and with other MTS-ISAC stakeholders from around the globe, to address cybersecurity preparedness, a national priority initiative of the US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Captain of the Port.

Formed in February 2020, MTS-ISAC has seen rapid adoption of its cybersecurity information sharing services. The NEFL-MIX is the fourth Cybersecurity Information Exchange to launch in 2021 and is the first in the state of Florida. 

The programme brings together Jaxport tenants, vessel operators, rail and intermodal stakeholders, key vendors, and local public sector organisations to collaboratively address cyber risks through information sharing.

“Cybersecurity is a critical part of supply chain security,” said Jaxport CEO Eric Green. “We are thrilled to launch this important initiative to protect our maritime community from cyber threats and ensure that our port-related businesses can continue to do the important work they do to keep cargo moving and people working throughout Northeast Florida.”

Jaxport is the 10th busiest container port in the US  and one of the nation’s top vehicle-handling ports.

“Jaxport is a founding member of the MTS-ISAC. They have been influential in the design of our Information Exchange program and an active contributor to our ISAC since inception, so it’s rewarding to see the NEFL-MIX become reality,” said Christy Coffey, VP of Operations for the MTS-ISAC.

“This busy port has included a diverse group of stakeholders in their cybersecurity information exchange. We know that under JAXPORT’s thoughtful leadership, the NEFL-MIX will positively impact both cybersecurity preparedness and response.”

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