On 18.09.2019, the status conference "Innovative Port Technologies (IHATEC)" took place at the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) in Berlin. Within this framework, a number of IHATEC-funded projects, including SecProPort, presented their current research findings. SecProPort project coordinator Karin Steffen-Witt from dbh Logistics IT AG presented the project in an interview and described the procedure of analyzing the complex communication structures in ports and related cyber threats in order to develop suitable, efficient and accepted security mechanisms. Every actor depends on the security of the entire system, but must also contribute to it. SecProPort develops an architecture that provides all actors with mechanisms and instructions for secure communication and allows them to share these procedures with other partners involved in the process chain.
Within the Innovative Port Technologies (IHATEC) funding program, the BMVI supports research and development projects that contribute to the development or adaptation of innovative technologies in German seaports and inland ports, helping to manage cargo handling and improve logistics chains. For this purpose, the BMVI provides around 64 million euros in the period 2016-2021.