A new cyber security centre will provide services to Norwegian shipping, and several shipping companies have already become members.
– We have experienced great interest from the maritime industry, and the ambition is to give Norwegian shipping an international competitive advantage when digitalisation in shipping reaches full capacity, says Lars Benjamin Vold, General Manager of NORMA Cyber, formally opened on 1 January 2021.
Nearly all maritime operations are dependent on global networks. On the ship, in the harbour, during the voyage and while navigating, and in planning. These connections can be compromised by cyber attacks, and it is necessary to detect and limit these attacks in order to avoid major consequences.
“We offer our members efficient information sharing, as well as various proactive cybersecurity services. Within this area, it is obvious that we can be more efficient if we are able to interact on the safety work. Norwegian shipping and the maritime industry have long traditions when it comes to cooperation and information exchange within security and emergency preparedness, and I am convinced that we will be able to continue that work within cyber security,” says Vold.
Several shipowners and maritime companies have now become members of NORMA Cyber, which is a joint initiative of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association and the Norwegian Shipowners’ Mutual War Risks Insurance Association (DNK).
NORMA Cyber is the first of its kind in the world. The team consists of five people with a broad background from the Armed Forces, the maritime industry and cyber security.
“We want to strengthen our team further and the plan is to have a total of between 10 and 14 employees in the centre by the end of 2021,” says Vold.
NORMA Cyber has offices and an advanced operations room in Oslo, and works closely with the existing professional environment for safety and emergency preparedness in DNK and the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, located in the same building.