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Publication date: December 17, 2022

Port of South Louisiana hires firm, plans own cyber security department after costly hack

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Port of South Louisiana executive director Paul Matthews at the port in Reserve on Thursday, June 23, 2022. (Photo by Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate) The Port of South Louisiana has hired a cybersecurity firm and plans to create a new inhouse staff to guard against digital breaches at one of the nation’s largest ports by volume, officials said.

The FBI and maritime industry groups suggest cyberattacks on businesses and ports, in particular, are on the rise. The port’s auditors recently disclosed a cyberattack in the fall of 2021 cost the operation more than $420,000 before insurance reimbursements.

With a staff of about 60 people, the $15 million-a-year port oversees a 54-mile stretch of the lower Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans; has its own river and rail terminal in Reserve, a general aviation airport; and also markets and develops properties along the […]

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