American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) News Events Calendar Webinar: Cyber Security Ports & Terminals

Cyber Security for Ports & Terminals

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Happening Wednesday, June 12th at 10:00 am CST.  Pre-register today to hold your seat through the link located below.




Duration: 30 minutes

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With the recent increase in cyber-attacks on maritime ports and terminals worldwide, more focus is being placed on strategies to reduce cyber risk at maritime facilities. 

So what does a U.S. Coast Guard compliant cyber security Facility Security Plan (FSP) look like?

This webinar will dive into the effective implementation of cyber security into a compliant U.S. Coast Guard FSP utilizing NIST best practices.

Some of what we’ll cover will include:

  • Why NIST?
  • What you really need to know about NIST
  • Understanding your network
  • Structuring your plan
  • What you can do to get started
Cris DeWitt

Cris DeWitt
Senior Technical Advisor

Cris DeWitt is a Senior Technical Advisor to the American Bureau of Shipping. He advises the Bureau on cyber security for operational technology. In this role, he has primarily focused on cyber security for high consequence assets with complex automation systems, such as control systems on drillships, ultra deep-water drilling rigs, and LNG vessels.

With over 25 years of professional experience in the technology and cyber security fields, his areas of expertise include industrial control systems; control system cyber security; operational efficiency; industrial engineering; security hardening; and industrial control system cyber security for maritime assets.

In the past two years, Mr. DeWitt has performed over forty operational technology cyber security assessments for maritime assets. He recently was the Principal Investigator in a cyber security research project with the Stevens Institute funded by the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security.

He is credentialed as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GISP). Mr. DeWitt is a Senior Fellow of the Information Systems Security Association.

His current areas of interest for research include control system brittleness, systems thinking and outcome-based governance.




Duration: 30 minutes

With the recent increase in cyber-attacks on maritime ports and terminals worldwide, more focus is being placed on strategies to reduce cyber risk at maritime facilities. 

This webinar explores the development of maritime cyber security in the U.S. and makes predictions for the future based on the current landscape. 

In particular, there will be a discussion of the need to incorporate cyber security into mandated Facility Security Assessments and Facility Security Plans.

David Nichols

Captain Dave Nichols, USCG (ret.)
Director, Business Development
ABS Advanced Solutions

Captain Dave Nichols, USCG (ret.) is Director, Business Development for Advanced Solutions and is responsible for the development and delivery of cyber security services for maritime ports and terminals worldwide.

Captain Nichols joined ABS in June of 2018 after a 26 year Coast Guard career that culminated in his position as Chief of the Outer Continental Shelf Division overseeing all oil and gas drilling and production activities in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Prior to that, he served in a number of marine safety positions including Chief of Port Operations, Commercial Vessel Inspector, and Staff Judge Advocate.  Most notably, Captain Nichols served as the Chief of Staff and Principal Legal Advisor to the Federal On Scene Coordinator during the Deepwater Horizon fire, explosion, and pollution response.  He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee.

Captain Nichols received his bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated cum laude from Tulane Law School in 2000 with an Admiralty Certificate.  He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the U. S. Supreme Court Bar.