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Port Facility Security Officer Training

Thursday 18 July 2019 Blog

Department for Transport accredited training.

Recently accredited as a DfT training provider, the PSA delivered its first PFSO course on 29-31st May 2019. Whilst there is a requirement to have a PFSO and DPFSO at each facility, this course gives facilities the opportunity to future proof their PFSO requirements and have enough suitably trained personnel to assist in all ISPS roles, with some authority and understanding. The course itself proved a success with all six delegates from various PSA facilities achieving the PFSO qualification.


PSA Members will receive this course free of charge. Delegates who may take up the PFSO role at some stage must be nominated by a PSA facility.

For further information or to book a delegate onto the next PFSO course 11th-13th November please contact any member of the PSA Team.

Counter Terrorism Training

Friday 18 January 2019 Blog

Free Counter Terrorism Training.

Liverpool and Manchester Port Security Authority is authorised to present NACTSO Counter Terrorism Training.

We welcome the opportunity to present basic Counter Terrorism Training to any of our facilities.

Please get in touch

Find out more information HERE

Advice for teaching the basics to 11-16 year olds HERE

UK and allies reveal global scale of Chinese cyber campaign

Friday 11 January 2019 Blog

Along with its allies, the UK has announced that a group known as APT 10 acted on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security to carry out a malicious cyber campaign targeting intellectual property and sensitive commercial data in Europe, Asia and the US.

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre assesses that APT 10 was almost certainly responsible for a campaign of activity against global Managed Service Providers (MSPs) since at least 2016, widely known as Cloud Hopper. This targeted intellectual property and commercially sensitive information of the MSPs and their clients. It is highly likely that these accesses were used to engage in commercial espionage.

The NCSC assesses that it is highly likely that APT 10 has an enduring relationship with the Chinese Ministry of State Security, and operates to meet Chinese State requirements. Given the high confidence assessment and the broader context, the UK government has made the judgement that the Chinese Ministry of State Security was responsible.

This is the first time that the UK government has publicly named elements of the Chinese government as being responsible for a cyber campaign. It has previously attributed:

  • the WannaCry ransomware incident to North Korean actors;

  • a multi-year computer network exploitation campaign targeting universities around the world, including the UK, to the Mabna Institute based in Iran; and

  • a series of attacks including NotPetya, the WADA hack and leak and BadRabbit to the GRU (Russian Military Intelligence).

The NCSC published guidance to mitigate against this campaign targeting MSPs on 3 April 2017. This guidance is available here.

Message from Martin Humphreys - Port Security Officer

Thursday 10 January 2019 Press Release

New Port Security Officer appointed

At the PSA Directors meeting on 11th July 2018, the previous Port Security Officer's resignation was formally accepted by the Board of Directors. 

In accordance with the PSA Articles of Association, I was nominated and elected by the Board of Directors to take on the position of Port Security Officer, with immediate effect, pending approval from the Secretary of State.

Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dave for his involvement in setting up our PSA in the format that it has taken, for his hard work, direction and leadership in creating what is now considered nationally, to be the most progressive and forward thinking PSA in the UK.

I have been the Lead Security Compliance Officer since the inception of the PSA, and along with the rest of the team, I have been passionate in providing support to all PFSOs and Security Managers, at all our facilities. I believe that in the last 4 years we have come a long way in improving port security, a view shared by DfT. As the new PSO, I will ensure the PSA continue to offer worthwhile support to our membership in line with their security requirements and will introduce new initiatives as we move forward.

Mr Steve Christian, has been appointed as the new Lead Security Compliance Officer. He took up his post in September 2018. I look forward to working with Steve and the rest of the PSA team, to continue our work in supporting each facility, enhancing security around the ISPS Code in maintaining the Port of Liverpool and the Manchester Ship Canal as the most secure ports in the UK.

If there is any aspect of port security that you would like to discuss with me, any suggestions you have to improve our work and support, then please do not hesitate to contact me or the any member of the PSA team.




Martin Humphreys Port Security Officer

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