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Hady Salloum Receives Department of Homeland Security Award of $500,000 for Maritime Security Research

Salloum collaborates with the U.S. Coast Guard to improve cybersecurity for the maritime domain

Hady Salloum, research professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Maritime Security Center, recently received a Department of Homeland Security award with a total budget of $500,000 for to create a professional development course for the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Maritime Security Center (MSC) will focus its efforts on the delivery of a Maritime Cybersecurity Professional Development Course tailored to the USCG's education needs, including those of USCG marine safety personnel.

“Many organizations have been concerned with cyber security, but a few have been concerned with its impact on the maritime domain,” Salloum said.

This two-day, instructor-led course was created to provide a baseline understanding of cybersecurity concepts and an increased awareness of cybersecurity vulnerabilities and mitigations to assist Coast Guard personnel in making cyber assessments as part of facility and vessel inspections and in their incident response efforts. The professional development course aims to build capacity in cybersecurity knowledge within the context of the maritime domain and to support the Coast Guard’s cybersecurity workforce imperatives as identified in the USCG’s Cyber Strategy (2016) and National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan to the National Strategy for Maritime Security (2020).

The project includes the transition of the course curriculum to a university provider (e.g., Stevens Institute of Technology, or another relevant education and training organization).

“This effort will help enhance cyber security for maritime applications,” Salloum added.

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