IN DALLAS 156 severe weather emergency sirens were set off in the predawn hours of 8 April; they had not been activated by a real emergency, but rather by a cyber-attack committed by a hacker.
The blaring sirens prompted anxious residents to call 911, clogging up the system. The occurrence of incidents such as this one may be due to a lack of awareness regarding possible risks, which often leads public administrations to underinvest in solid safeguards for technology infrastructure. In the sphere of transport and logistics, security is a key element.
The high priority placed on the privacy of information exchanged between the industry’s multiple players, whether shippers, freight forwarders, shipping agents or carriers, has meant that their computer networks have been developed with a strong emphasis on strong protection against external breaches. This applies to the private sector as well as to public bodies, and it is often incumbent on the latter to take the role of computer networks coordinator. In Italy there exist networks that connect port communities, such as E-Port in Genoa, and national networks, such as Customs and the Coast Guard, which have gradually become integrated in recent years.
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