Illuminating Adversarial
Influence in Seaports


Maritime critical infrastructure security has been an increasing U.S. national security priority, particularly after the 2022 attacks on the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea. There is growing concern about foreign influence in U.S. seaports as economic competitors and their governments make a concerted effort to expand influence into seaports around the world.


Recent legislation, such as Section 3529 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), highlights the need for federal agencies to identify and evaluate risks associated with ports of interest and ascertain the extent of foreign influence. The myriad of relationships posed challenges to the federal agency’s efforts to visualize, organize, scrutinize, and operationalize risk information.


To complete this critical analysis, the federal agency chose Exiger to illuminate, analyze, and visualize hidden foreign influence for ports in multiple areas of interest. The Exiger platform provided interactive dashboards that enabled agency users to dive into the “nth-tier” of relationships for entities, products, and individuals. In addition, Exiger provided data on high-risk entities connected to specific ports and the types of services they provide.


Exiger investigated and risk-assessed nearly 1,000 entities associated with dozens of ports worldwide. While Exiger provided the federal agency with specific insights on hidden foreign relationships which enabled them to take immediate defensive action, the analysis also uncovered the following strategic-level insights:


  • Risk 1: The physical and digital supply chains of critical ports are exposed to high-risk Chinese state-owned enterprises.
  • Risk 2: Ports generally lack sufficient organic railroad/multimodal assets, which can enable foreign state-owned companies to finance/invest in the transportation infrastructure to gain access near strategic ports.
  • Risk 3: While ports support the military and other government organizations, they are also commercial facilities with financial goals. This allows for foreign partnerships and/or foreign terminal ownership.


Based on the information provided by Exiger, the federal agency was able to take immediate action to reduce the threat surface area for all forces, assets, and data flowing through strategic seaports, as well as enhance operational and strategic planning to increase security, transparency, and vulnerability assessments for future operations and contingencies.


Learn how to gain visibility and insight into foreign ownership and influence in your multi-tier supply chain with high confidence and less noise. Contact Exiger today.

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