Article - April 26, 2023

The Convergence of Weather Intelligence and Cybersecurity: A CISO's Perspective

Roger Ison-Haug

Roger Ison- Haug

Chief Information Security Officer

Security technology

October is globally recognized as International Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a period dedicated to raising awareness about the critical role of cybersecurity in safeguarding our digital lives. As the global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at StormGeo, I find this month to be a good opportunity to discuss the relationship between weather intelligence and cybersecurity.

Weather intelligence is crucial for various sectors, from shipping to renewables, as it enables these industries to make informed decisions that ensure the safety of their assets and personnel. Similarly, cybersecurity is the backbone for protecting critical data and operational integrity. The synergy between these two domains is evident in StormGeo's commitment to providing innovative decision-support solutions.

For instance, each year, we route about 68,000 voyages, saving approximately 1 million MT of fuel and reducing emissions by 3 million MT of CO₂. Such impactful work necessitates a cybersecurity framework to protect sensitive data and ensure uninterrupted services.

Developing a Robust Cybersecurity Framework

As the CISO, I define and implement a comprehensive vision, strategy, and program to protect information assets and technologies across our global offices. My responsibilities include conducting technical penetration tests and risk assessments to identify potential vulnerabilities and mitigate associated risks. My team also performs Business Impact Analyses and closely monitors critical Key Performance Indicators to measure the effectiveness of our security measures. This cybersecurity framework is essential for safeguarding sensitive data and ensuring the uninterrupted services that our clients rely on.

Receiving the Highest Rating on the Mastercard RiskRecon Score

And our cybersecurity measures are indeed effective. As we entered this year's International Cybersecurity Awareness Month, StormGeo achieved the highest rating on the MasterCard RiskRecon score, an advanced cyber security risk rating model that evaluates issues based on prevalence and severity, coupled with an assessment of the value at risk within the systems where these issues are identified. Our team's agile approach to cybersecurity ensures that we are well-equipped to adapt to evolving challenges and continue to provide our clients with reliable and secure services.

Throughout International Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we should recognize the interconnectedness of weather intelligence and cybersecurity. At StormGeo, we are committed to empowering our customers to safeguard their people, assets, and profits. Our cybersecurity framework ensures that we continue to deliver on this promise today and in the future. By embracing the challenges and opportunities that come with the evolving landscapes of weather intelligence and cybersecurity, we are better equipped to navigate tomorrow—today.