SECNET. Security and cyber security in the port
On 27 February the SECNET seminar on security and cyber security will be held at the Port of Venice, as a cross-border training session that will involve over 50 officials for port security coming from the ports of the North Adriatic Sea.
The event is divided into 3 themed sessions, the speakers will be illustrious scholars and top experts: Frigate Captain (CP) V. Paolo LEONE, Official of the Special Lists of the Corps of the Harbour Master's Offices, will present the best practices of European ports in the management of safety and cyber security that have emerged from the inspections carried out by the European Commission and will also give a general overview of the strategic importance of the topic, also sharing the direct experiences of the work groups he chaired between the European Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Prof. Roberto Setola, coordinator of the Homeland Security Master, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, will talk about “New technologies for safety in port areas” in addition to “Cyber Security”. Prof. Fabio Garzia, Sapienza University of Rome (Department of “Security Engineering”) will report on “The integrated multidisciplinary management of security in the train operation port areas”.
These themes are especially felt given that the additional and non-coordinated security measures often translate into a slower handling of the goods hence a lesser competitiveness of ports, to the detriment of the local economic development. Venice has been focusing on this theme for long; it’s no coincidence that, during the inspection by the European Commission (security department) of some months ago, the outcome had been more than positive so much that the members of the inspection group made a commitment to propose to Brussels that some procedures already in place in the terminals of the port of Venice are also adopted as best practices by other European ports. However, the security-competitiveness ratio may be further increased.
The SECNET project received a co-funding equal to 1.3 million euros (250 thousand alone for the Port of Venice), its objective is to reinforce the institutional capacity and the cross-border governance in the port security – aims at increasing the competence of ports in this specific sector with the help of innovative IT systems and providing technical and specialist skills that are in common at a cross-border level.
The three project partners will start a joint action plan to strengthen cyber security and the protection of the port areas against unauthorized access. In reality the project provides for a complete check-up of network architectures to assess potential risks, the IT adjustment of control systems for port access but also the purchase of state-of-the-art video surveillance systems.