AXIOS February 21, 2024
Sam Sabin

President Biden will sign an executive order Wednesday aimed at toughening cybersecurity at U.S. shipping ports and elsewhere in the maritime sector.

Why it matters: Chinese government-linked hackers have already shown interest in targeting U.S. critical infrastructure, including ports, as it prepares for a potential invasion of Taiwan.

  • A cyberattack on the maritime sector — including cargo ships and ports — could prompt major disruptions in the global supply chain.

Details: Biden’s executive order will give the U.S. Coast Guard new powers to issue basic cybersecurity requirements for transportation vessels and ports, a group of U.S. officials told reporters during a briefing.

  • Port and ship operators will soon be required to report cyber incidents to the Coast...

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