A container ship is loaded at the Port of Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.
A container ship is loaded at the Port of Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.

The Port of Los Angeles earned kudos from industry colleagues for its cyber-security and communications programs, collecting a total of 19 awards this year from the American Association of Port Authorities.

The Port of Los Angeles received the 2014 Information Technology Award for its Cyber Security Operations Center, which was set up to protect harbor computer systems against cyber threats.

Los Angeles Port Police Chief Ronald J. Boyd said his team “worked hard” to make the center a “state-of-the-art model for the industry” and are “pleased to be recognized for our proactive approach and commitment to comprehensive information security monitoring and detection.”

The port’s communications programs also were recognized, including a harbor boat tour taken by more than 11,000 fifth- and sixth-graders last year; LA Waterfront Magazine, which is circulated to 65,000 residents and port stakeholders; a digital newsletter; a guide for marine pilots; and a mobile exhibit about the port.

“A strong communications program is essential for keeping our stakeholder groups informed and connected,” said Cynthia Ruiz, the port’s deputy executive director of external relations. “We sincerely appreciate the recognition signified by these awards for our communication efforts and initiatives.”

— City News Service

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