Ex-NSA director talks cyber security at Nor-Shipping expo
FORMER US National Security Agency (NSA) director Michael Rogers will take centre stage at Nor-Shipping's Ocean Leadership Conference on June 4-7 at the Thon Hotel Arena Lillestrom, to address cyber security and the evolving threat landscape for commercial businesses
FORMER US National Security Agency (NSA) director Michael Rogers will take centre stage at Nor-Shipping's Ocean Leadership Conference on June 4-7 at the Thon Hotel Arena Lillestrom, to address cyber security and the evolving threat landscape for commercial businesses.
Mr Rogers, who was also the ex-chief of the US Central Security Service and Commander of US Cyber Command served under both Presidents Obama and Trump, leading the NSA between 2014 and 2018. He was responsible for the largest intelligence organisation in the US, controlling a multi-billion-dollar budget and a staff of tens of thousands of military and civilian personnel.
His arrival at Nor-Shipping is, according to director Per Martin Tanggaard, a coup for both the event and the industry as a whole. It comes at a time of growing threats to maritime, with 2018 peppered with high profile cyberattacks on the likes of Cosco at its Long Beach centre, the ports of Barcelona and San Diego, and Australian defence ship specialist Austal with the attackers demanding a 'ransom' payment for the return of stolen data last October.
'There is no one that knows more about cyber security threats and how to approach, prepare for and mitigate them,' said Mr Tanggaard. 'Admiral Rogers has operated at the very highest political, military and civilian levels gaining insights into the latest global developments and how to optimise the defence of systems, networks, data and entire organisations.
'He is a genuine leader within a field that is becoming ever more critical for all businesses operating within the maritime and ocean environments. Increasing digital reliance can unlock huge efficiencies and operational benefits, but it also opens up a new risk reality. Admiral Rogers will help our delegates understand and navigate it. It is exceptional to have him on board.'
Mr Rogers is the latest name to sign up to an event that has been rejuvenated for 2019, changing from its traditional opening conference format to a global gathering focused on analysing, defining and enabling ocean industry leadership. He joins already confirmed speakers Nobel Laureate (Economics) prizewinner Paul Romer, IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
Nor-Shipping 2019 will be held across a series of venues in Oslo and Lillestrom, Norway. Some 30,000 key decision makers are expected to attend the international event, with 1,000 exhibiting companies showcasing their latest products, services and innovations.