MPS-ISAO and Ares Security’s CommandBridge –
Connect Florida’s Ports


The Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council (FSTED) has chosen the MPS-ISAO and ARES Security Corporation’s Common Operating Picture (COP) platform, CommandBridge, to unite the seaports in the state of Florida with state and local government agencies.

Historically the state of Florida has sustained multiple natural disasters and has identified gaps within the information sharing process during these events. The FSTED Council has selected the MPS-ISAO and CommandBridge to fill these gaps by strengthening the level of maritime domain awareness (physical/cyber all-hazards security situational awareness), cyber resilience, and communications during natural and manmade events.


The Florida seaports will benefit from the MPS-ISAO, the information sharing and analysis organization for the global maritime and port critical infrastructure. In coordination, cooperation and collaboration with the US Dept. of Homeland Security, the US Coast Guard, maritime and port critical infrastructure owners and operators, and other critical infrastructure ISAOs to monitor current and potential future cascading threats, the MPS-ISAO Cybersecurity Service is advancing maritime and port cyber resilience through the sharing of cyber threat intelligence, defensive measures, and coordinated response.

Security Integrated Solution –

The ARES CommandBridge platform will include an integration of MPS-ISAO cybersecurity alerts.

The unified solution will be shared with up to 14 Florida ports as well as 10 other state and regional agencies to streamline communications and operations during regional or state-wide events in order to help responders make quick, informed decisions for improved responses.

The Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council (FSTED) –

Michael Rubin VP of Governmental Affairs and Project Manager for the Florida Ports Council said, “The FSTED Council is constantly looking for ways to strengthen the public/private partnership between ports and government agencies. CommandBridge and MPS-ISAO will provide Florida ports with the ability to share critical data with each other, first responders and state/local government which has been a vision for FSTED for many years. This ability to quickly collaborate will help the entire state’s response efforts during regional or state-wide events and will also increase each ports’ resilience”.

FSTED is a public entity created by statute and charged with carrying out the state’s economic development mission through implementation of seaport capital improvement projects at the local level. The Council was created within the Department of Transportation and consists of the port directors of the 15 publicly owned seaports and a representative from the Department of Transportation and the Department of Economic Opportunity. The FSTED Council has several committees which discuss and facilitate issues related to the environment, growth management, and seaport security.
Website: http://flaports.org/

ARES CommandBridge –

CommandBridge leverages clients existing systems and sensors to form an intuitive COP that provides heightened situational awareness. Traditionally, these systems, sensors, and workflows would collect and store data individually, which creates silos of information. Instead, CommandBridge assimilates these information sources to provide context and help clients better understand the information they care about. This data is constantly processed by the CommandBridge rules engine, to detect and alert to abnormal activity—whether it’s security or operations related. When CommandBridge detects any of the activity that clients have identified as important, the system fires an alert, visualizes the most relevant information to the user, and then enables users to interact with that data and quickly execute the appropriate response.

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