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GSN’s 2017 Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Now Open for Entries

Chuck Brooks

GSN is pleased to announce that the 2017 Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Program is  now open for nominations, with many new categories. And Chuck Brooks, who was recently named Cybersecurity Marketer of the Year, will once again serving as Lead Judge.

Entry categories for 2017 include Access Control and Identification, Detection Solutions, Communications, Surveillance Solutions, Airport/Aviation technologies, Maritime/Port Security and Underwater Vehicles, Border Security and Government Excellence awards.

In addition, the Program has been expanded by GSN to include a section on Cybersecurity categories, which is based on the enormous increase of Cyber attacks around the globe, which even made their way into the recent U.S. Presidential Election.

“Recently I had the opportunity to read two very disturbing articles on the subject of Cybersecurity,” said CEO Adrian Courtenay, Courtenay. “One was about the vulnerability of Maritime and Port Security, by the Brookings Institution, and the other, published in the current edition of Aviation Cyber Security Market Forecast.

Both of these sources made the same point:

According to the Brookings Institution article, more than 95 percent of U.S. trade is handled by U.S. seaports. “The U.S. may be a leader in e-commerce,” the article pointed out, but “it very much remains a maritime nation… Indeed, almost 50 percent of the U.S. Military’s operations in Afghanistan and Iraq shipped through a single U.S. Port… The awareness on cybersecurity needs in the Maritime Sector is currently low to non-existent. And of the $2.6 billion allocated to the U.S. Port Grant Program, less than six million has been awarded for security projections.”

“Cyber security is a necessity for the aviation industry moving toward the next decade,” says the Aviation Cyber Security Market Forecast. “The threat posed by Cyber criminals is credible and very real, and without necessary steps being taken to protect critical infrastructure, it is inevitable that a damaging attack could be made on aircraft, in seaports and on other critical infrastructure with disastrous implications. Aviation regulatory bodies and national governments are frequently becoming more vocal as to the vulnerability of the aviation industry. A widespread adoption of advanced protection systems need to occur across the aviation industry.”

“There is more information available on the need for enhanced Cybersecurity inside the program,” said Courtenay. “Our hope is that the Cyber Wizards will link up with the Airport and Seaport Wizards to make sure that our homeland and those of other freedom-loving countries will be safe and secure.”



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