At our 2018 FSO Symposium in New Orleans this month, a representative from Coast Guard Headquarters confirmed that a draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) for Cybersecurity is in the works.  Per the Coast Guard, a NVIC "provides detailed guidance about the enforcement or compliance with certain Federal marine safety regulations and Coast Guard marine safety programs.  While NVIC's are non-directive…they are important ‘tools’ for complying with the law."  While an exact timeline for Coast Guard and DHS approval is unclear, 8-12 months was suggested.

To prepare you for the forthcoming NVIC, we have worked with our cybersecurity partners, MAD Security, to offer a very affordable Cyber Security 360 Health Check that provides a running head start.  Many companies will push for services that are tens of thousands of dollars right off the bat. What most organizations really need is what the 360 Health Check includes: an external network vulnerability assessment/scan and an assessment of defense strategy and technology.  The deliverable includes an overall rating, as well as ratings in subcategories along with specific recommendations for how to resolve gaps.  More information can be found here:

For the months of June and July, we are offering this cybersecurity assessment for the price of $5,988.  This is the perfect first step for you to have true cybersecurity experts assess your readiness and provide guidance and prioritization for a fraction of the cost that most cybersecurity experts would charge.  To take advantage of this opportunity, please email Cliff Neve at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at (540) 809 8549.

Day three began with a presentation from Rear Admiral Thomas Atkin, USCG (ret.) and Commander John Lovejoy, Executive Officer at USCG Marine Safety Officer Port Arthur.  Admiral Atkin and Commander Lovejoy spoke about natural disaster response and security. A focus of their presentation was recognizing lessons learned from previous natural disasters and putting these lessons into action. They commented on ensuring your team and their needs are addressed when thinking about facility security.  They answered a variety of questions, which equipped the attendees with tangible examples of lessons learned from previous natural disasters.

Captain Brian Kelley, USCG (ret.), Seebald Chief Operating Officer, presented “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” -- observations from the multiple facility audits, assessments and development of FSPs conducted by Seebald and Associates. Although, a serious subject matter the presentation provided some humorous examples of “the Ugly.”

The feedback attendees have provided to our team has been very positive, informative and valuable. The Seebald Symposiums afford maritime security professionals an opportunity to meet and hear from other industry professionals and USCG officials. The opportunities found at the Seebald Symposiums cannot be replicated in any other venue!

We look forward to meeting you at a future Seebald training or a Seebald Symposium. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or one of my team for any of your facility security needs.

The second day of the Seebald and Associates Symposium began with a recap of day one in remarks from Edward Seebald, the founder and CEO of Seebald and Associates.

Day two began with a presentation from LCDR Yamaris Barril, USCG Office of Port and Facility Compliance, providing the latest in policy and regulatory changes regarding Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC). Additionally, LCDR Barril spoke about the cyber security NVIC that will affect your regulated facility and your FSPs. Her presentation highlighted the USCG’s cyber strategy including the three priorities of defending cyberspace, enabling operations and protecting operations. She also shared the top five MTSA enforcement activities for 2017:

              - Security measures for access control.

              - Security measures for restricted areas.

              - Facility Security Plans (FSP) – amendments and audits.

              - Drill and Exercise requirements.

              - Owner and Operator requirements.

LCDR Barill answered an array of questions, which equipped the attendees with the latest updates for these important topics.

Special Agent Natalie Phelan and Special Agent Clinton J. Morano represented the FBI here at the Seebald Symposium. SA Phelan discussed active shooter incidents. She spoke about signs to look for to help prevent potential situations, how to protect yourself and respond to these incidents. SA Morano spoke about the FBI’s role in counterterrorism and its maritime security mission.

Integritas Security Service Managing Director, Eric Linden, discussed the use of canines in the maritime security arena. Eric demonstrated the amazing capabilities of his canine teams and the many ways they are used in facility security.

The afternoon panel presented the very timely subject, cyber security threats in the maritime environment. The panel consisted of Cliff Neve, MAD Security, Commander H. “Lars” McCarter, USCG Cyber Command, Matt Ramey, FBI, and Nick Andersen, former Navy/USCG Intelligence CIO.  The panelists provided insights on cyber protection measures, and what FSOs must do to enhance their facility’s cyber security posture.

The day ended with a keynote speech by Captain Thomas Kaminski, Chief of Prevention for the US Coast Guard District 8.  Captain Kaminski spoke about the connection the USCG has to industry. He shared the issues discovered in Eighth Coast Guard District (e.g., inaccurate FSPs, poor badging protocols, vague/optional FSP language (i.e., use of “may” vs. “shall”), and poor Facility Security Assessments). Captain Kaminski answered several questions from the attendees covering a variety of pertinent topics.  

Today was the first day of the Seebald and Associates Symposium.  Edward Seebald, the founder and CEO of Seebald and Associates, opened the Symposium and introduced Captain Kristi Luttrell, Deputy Commander of Sector New Orleans, who welcomed everyone to New Orleans.

The Symposium began with two extremely illuminating panels of industry professionals. The first panel was comprised of Facility Security Officers (FSO) who provided a fascinating look at their roles and responsibilities.  The FSO panel included Erica Acosta - Saint Bernard Port, Brian Shajari – Lucite, and Matthew Marlow and John Goebel both of Cheniere Energy. These FSOs answered the attendees’ questions with real-life relevant examples from their world of work.  

The day finished with the Captain of the Port (COTP) panel. This panel was made up of Captain Kristi Luttrell, USCG Sector New Orleans Deputy Commander (prospective Sector New Orleans Commander in 10 days) and Captain Kevin Oditt, USCG Sector Houston/Galveston Commander. The Captains shared their experiences with Hurricane Harvey, spoke about the relationship between their facility inspectors and FSO’s, and contributed updates on the TWIC reader final rule. Both Captains presented a unique insight into their roles overseeing the security for some extremely complex facilities.

The response to both panels from the attendees was overwhelmingly positive; the insight provided by the panels was invaluable. The knowledge shared this afternoon just cannot be found in any other venue!

Seebald & Associates Facility Security Symposium

June 6th – June 8th at the New Orleans Marriott

Couple of the many premiere presentations:

Physical Security at High Value/High Risk Facilities - Eric Linden, Managing Director, Integritas Security Service Inc. Integritas provides canines for facility security including bomb and drug dogs. Eric Linden will explain and demonstrate the use of dogs including a field demonstration.

Facility audits – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - Lessons Learned From Facility Audits & Plan Development – CAPT Brian Kelley, USCG, (ret.), Chief Operating Officer, Seebald & Associates – Over the last several years Seebald and Associates have conducted a large number of audits, assessments and the development of plans. During this session, Brian and the Seebald team will share some observations, “lessons learned” and a blooper or two.

Thank you and hope to see you in New Orleans.