Maritime: Oil & Natural Gas

Summary

The NCCoE is collaborating with industry experts to explore multiple Maritime projects around bulk liquid transport, passenger vessels, freight/container, mobile offshore drilling units, and navigation. 

The NCCoE and United States Coast Guard (USCG) worked together to draft a USCG Maritime Profile, based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF). The profile aligns the USCG’s cyber strategy with cybersecurity activities of the maritime bulk liquid transport operations of the oil & natural gas industry, utilizing standards and best practices. This guidance document, which the USCG will attach to future Navigation, Vessel, and Inspection Circular (NVIC), can help organizations clarify how cybersecurity fits into their mission priorities and how best to allocate resources to secure information and operational systems. Industry can then incorporate those practices into a Facilities Security Plan. In coming months, the NCCoE will also release a “How‑To” Guide, which will provide an approach to building an industry-wide CSF minimum state profile.

The NCCoE hopes these documents will provide a lens for industry members to explore risk management. Industry organizations already implementing the CSF tool for internal discussions and/or mapping their internal standards will have a natural path to incorporate this profile into their risk management function. Organizations interested in expanding their cybersecurity capabilities using the CSF will also be able use this profile to help prioritize their cybersecurity activities.

Work with Us

We are building a dynamic Community of Interest (COI) to share business insights, technical expertise, challenges, and perspectives to guide future NCCoE projects in support of the Maritime and Oil & Natural Gas industry. The Maritime and Oil & Natural Gas COI will convene in webinar-style meetings on the third Tuesday of each month. To join, please email your contact information and a short note describing your interest to maritime-nccoe@nist.gov.