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house Bill H.R. 3878

Does Cybersecurity at U.S. Ports Need to be Improved?

Argument in favor

Security agencies at all levels of government need to communicate about cyber threats, especially those at critical but vulnerable facilities like ports.

Sage's Opinion
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12/17/2015
Cyber Security isn't just the battlefield of the future, it's the battlefield of right now. We are in a position of needing to play catch up to China's cyber attack capabilities. If we don't adjust quickly, thousands of people's lives will be put in danger during future hacks, not just due to special intelligence, but the personal information of government employees as well.
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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12/16/2015
Cyber security is a big issue that is currently evolving along with the advancement of new technology. U.S. ports should be given improved security to make sure that the workers can do their job efficiently, without worrying about the security of their databases and technology.
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operaman's Opinion
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12/16/2015
With all the spying being reported by China, Russia and possible others, it seems prudent to "up" our cyber security.
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Argument opposed

DHS and the Coast Guard shouldn’t be concerned about cyber threats at America’s ports as current safeguards ought to be sufficient.

SherryTX's Opinion
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12/15/2015
It should already be part of their security protocol - DUH
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Elinor's Opinion
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12/15/2015
Why do so many bills have no estimated costs associated with them? No bill without an associated estimated cost to U.S. taxpaying citizens should be considered.
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resistor's Opinion
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12/17/2015
The supposed justification for creating the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was to coordinate information sharing amongst our various existing military and civilian law enforcement and investigative agencies. Perhaps we do need enhanced cyber security at our ports, but the DHS should handle this as part of their mandate rather than because of additional legislation. If government agencies are not performing their intended function, then fix them or get rid of them.
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What is House Bill H.R. 3878?

This bill would require the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) to enhance its cybersecurity situational awareness and information sharing between maritime security stakeholders. Among the groups that would experience greater information sharing are government agencies at all levels, public safety and emergency response agencies, law enforcement, the maritime industry, and the owners and operators of ports.

DHS would be required to consult with the Coast Guard to improve participation in the Maritime Information Sharing and Analysis Center. It would also request that the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee provide DHS recommendations on improving stakeholder communication and information sharing on a national level.

The Coast Guard would be required to direct captains of designated ports to establish a working group of members of Area Maritime Security Advisory Committees to share information about and develop plans to address port-specific cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Additionally, the Coast Guard must require that Area Maritime Security Plans approved after this bill’s enactment include mitigation measures protecting against cyber threats.

Impact

Stakeholders in maritime and port security, government and public safety agencies at all levels of government, the Coast Guard, and DHS.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3878

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA) highlighted cyber threats facing a major port in her district in an introductory press release:

“During a recent hearing, the Port of Long Beach brought up significant cyber security vulnerabilities at U.S. ports. This is due in part to port landlords not always coordinating with port tenants and also to federal agencies only beginning to consider the impact of a cyber-attack on our maritime infrastructure in its security assessments and strategies.”


Of Note: According to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), more than $1.3 trillion in cargo each year is handled each year by America’s maritime ports.


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Summary by Eric Revell
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AKA

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

Official Title

To enhance cybersecurity information sharing and coordination at ports in the United States, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • The house Passed December 16th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    IntroducedNovember 2nd, 2015

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    Cyber Security isn't just the battlefield of the future, it's the battlefield of right now. We are in a position of needing to play catch up to China's cyber attack capabilities. If we don't adjust quickly, thousands of people's lives will be put in danger during future hacks, not just due to special intelligence, but the personal information of government employees as well.
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    It should already be part of their security protocol - DUH
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    Why do so many bills have no estimated costs associated with them? No bill without an associated estimated cost to U.S. taxpaying citizens should be considered.
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    Cyber security is a big issue that is currently evolving along with the advancement of new technology. U.S. ports should be given improved security to make sure that the workers can do their job efficiently, without worrying about the security of their databases and technology.
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    With all the spying being reported by China, Russia and possible others, it seems prudent to "up" our cyber security.
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    Cyber-security should be our main focus because that is where many future conflicts will take place and the amount of damage a organized cyber attack could do to an economy or infrastructure warrants more resources into protecting our cyber infrastructure and economy from espionage and attacks.
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    Cyber security/cyber warfare is the arms race of the new century.
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    This is a waste of time and money. The people who are doing things illegally are doing so in a manner that is not able to be caught, and no effort by our government to stop them accessing our systems is going to stop them unless we get help from the very people who are writing code with the express purpose of stopping the gov't from being able to access the data in the first place (thanks to excessive abuse of data collection on citizens by the gov't in the first place). Cyber security is as much a pipe dream as "defeating" an idea like ISIS- cannot be done. As soon as one thing is stopped or one mode of communications is tracked, a new one pops up that's cannot be. Stop wasting time on traditional methods of security and start thinking asymmetrically.
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    Cyber security needs to be improved all over
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    Government has done a deplorable job so far. We need some real professionals to secure facilities and America as a whole.
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    Of course it does, our government is extremely far behind and protecting not only our parts but our military bases and other government facilities. It's high time they got on fixing the problem.
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    America and Americans need to be safe.
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    As a former IT Consultant, cyber-security should be a high priority for all critical systems and ports of entry would certainly qualify. Our adversaries in the intelligence world go after the usual suspects, DoD, White House, Hillary's server, etc, etc. Terrorist groups go after tactical objectives. Hacking into a large shipping port with thousands and thousands of containers being processed daily would be a logical target, I would think. Anyone concerned about our safety should vote YEA
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    The supposed justification for creating the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was to coordinate information sharing amongst our various existing military and civilian law enforcement and investigative agencies. Perhaps we do need enhanced cyber security at our ports, but the DHS should handle this as part of their mandate rather than because of additional legislation. If government agencies are not performing their intended function, then fix them or get rid of them.
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    Yes check all dock workers pockets before they leave work. Not only the ports but both northern and southern borders.
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    I don't think people know how vulnerable we are. We are behind in this area and need to talent more seriously. And not just port related areas.
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    Of course
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    Proceeds shared by owners and US citizens.
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    Cyber security is the future..if we don't catch up now then we never will..
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    Point of entry for potential WmD or CBRN threat - even if security is regarded as strong it must be tested and challenged to identify how to improve further.
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