Tuesday, December 8, 2020

IBM to Create Cyber Resilience Center
at Port of L.A.

International Business Machines Corporation will develop and run a Port Cyber Resilience Center at the Port of Los Angeles, the port announced Monday.

Harbor commissioners recently voted on a $6.8 million, three-year contract with IBM to create a “system of systems.” Right now, businesses at the port handle cyber threats on their own. This center would help them work together to alert and combat those threats while maintaining their own data control and security procedures, the port said.

“As our port increasingly relies on data integration to guide its cargo operations and processes, detection and protection against cyber incidents is critical,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “This new Cyber Resilience Center will not only provide the port an early warning system against port-wide cyber attacks, but result in greater collective knowledge and data sharing throughout our entire port supply chain ecosystem.” IBM is honored to partner with the Port of Los Angeles on the center on strengthening its cyber preparedness, said Wendi Whitmore, Vice President, IBM Security X-Force.

“Now more than ever, there’s a critical need for global supply chains to operate securely and undisrupted,” she said. "As the Port of Los Angeles takes these significant steps to strengthen the cyber resilience of its ecosystem, we’re proud it selected IBM’s premier capabilities in threat intelligence, AI and cloud security to help achieve this."