MSC Digital Talks Ep. 6: Data-sharing & Cyber-Security at the USA’s Largest Port

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MSC Digital Talks Ep. 6: Data-sharing & Cyber-Security at the USA’s Largest Port

05/02/2023

In the latest episode of our #MSCDigitalTalks series, MSC’s CDIO André Simha meets Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, to talk about how the port information-sharing system benefits the whole supply chain. As digitalization in LA Port continues to expand, cyber-security is a important topic of their discussion.

As the USA’s largest container port with 9.9 million TEUs handled in 2022, LA Port’s cargo operations generate a huge amount of data. Several years ago, Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, and his teams realized that sharing this information with customers, partners and stakeholders could bring benefits across the supply chain, and even to end consumers.

Sharing real-time shipping data and insights

The port launched its own data-sharing system, the Port Optimizer™, in 2017. This cloud-based platform delivers real-time shipping data and insights to supply chain stakeholders through a single, secure portal. It enables each party to make faster, data-driven decisions and better serve their own customers. MSC is an active participant.

The Port Optimizer™ simply aggregates all the data elements that exist out in our business today and puts it into one screen, so our customers, partners and stakeholders can do their jobs better and faster.

Gene Seroka Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles

The port also places a strong emphasis on cyber-security. In 2014, it became the first port in the world to implement a state-of-the-art Cyber-Security Operations Centre (CSOC) in collaboration with the United States Department of Homeland Security. Today, the CSOC stops 40 million cyber intrusion attempts every month.

About the Port of Los Angeles

  • USA and North America’s largest port
  • 2022 trade volume: 9.9 million TEUs
  • 3,000+ hectares (7,500 acres) of property
  • 70km (43 miles) of waterfront
  • About 40% of US imports and 30% of imports pass through Long Beach and LA

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