Examining Physical Security and Cybersecurity at Our Nation’s Ports

October 30, 2017 1:00 PM | Second Floor of the Port of Los Angeles Administration Building, 425 South Palos Verdes St., San Pedro, California

U.S. seaports account for 23 million American jobs and $4.6 trillion dollars of economic activity, or 26% of the U.S. economy.  By 2030, America’s trade volume is expected to quadruple. Keeping U.S. seaports and the cargo that moves through them safe, while optimizing the flow of commerce, is both important to our national security, and our economy.

This hearing will examine how the U.S. government mitigates physical security risks at U.S. and overseas seaports. Reducing physical security risks starts with international and U.S. government partners overseas, and continues unimpeded through the global supply chain.

However, threats to our sea ports are no longer just physical in nature. We are now also facing 21st century threats such as cyberattacks. This hearing will also explore the role the Coast Guard and industry in our collective efforts to mitigate cyber threats and vulnerabilities at seaports.


NOTE: Live stream for hearing will air 1:00 p.m. PST (4:00 p.m. EST)

Opening Statements

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman
Opening Statement

Live Stream


Rear Admiral Todd A. Sokalzuk
Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Witness Testimony

Mr. Carlos C. Martel
Director of Field Operations, Los Angeles Field Office
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Witness Testimony

Mr. Eugene D. Seroka
Executive Director
The Port of Los Angeles
Witness Testimony

Mr. Mario Cordero
Executive Director
The Port of Long Beach
Witness Testimony

Mr. Ray Familathe
International Vice-President
International Longshore and Warehouse Union
Witness Testimony