The network aims to improve cyber-security awareness in the maritime sector and enable early sharing of cyber-attack information to address cyber-attacks threats.

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The proposal was made during the 5th edition of the Port Authorities Roundtable (PAR) 2019, whose aim is to share insights on pertinent issues and best practices, as well as to explore areas of collaboration.

This year’s PAR theme was 'Managing Disruptive Changes and Risks for Future Ready Port', and participants discussed how to respond to various challenges and risks regarding ports and shipping, like IMO emission regulations, smart technologies in enhancing port productivity, natural disasters and the threat of terrorism.

Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA, commented on the occasion, saying that:

“The exchange of best practices to address issues of common interests at the 5th Edition [email protected] has enhanced the ability of each port to cope with the various challenges and risks it faces. With increasing interconnectedness and digitalisation of the maritime sector, ports and shipping will also face greater vulnerabilities to cyber threats.”