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PLUGGING PORT HOLES 10 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE www.joc.com APRIL 20.2015 COVER STORY WHEN HURRICANE SANDY knocked out the primary and secondary commu- nications systems of the Port of New York and New Jersey in 2012, terminal operators, pilots and others turned to older technologies to thwart the fur- ther hampering of operations. With landlines and IT systems down, port workers communicated via VHF radios. Under lanterns powered by emergency generators, pilots broke out paper charts to guide vessels in and out of the harbor. The operation was largely due to preparations made by a public-private partnership that encompassed pilots, marine container terminal operators, the port authority, tugboat operators and various government agencies, said Capt. Andrew Tucci of the U.S. Coast Guard's offi ce of port and facility compliance. In this case, the event triggering the response was a hurricane, but the game plan implemented by the port's Area Maritime Security Committee also could have helped to mitigate a cyberattack — The U.S. Coast Guard is taking a lead role in addressing cybersecurity risks that are growing more sophisticated — and dangerous — for ports and their users By Mark Szakonyi

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