RCL gets serious on cyber security

With the threat to information security on the rise cruise giant takes preemptive action.

Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) has bolstered its defences against hackers with the appointment of a chief information security officer (CISO).

The US-listed cruise giant said Friday it had appointment industry veteran Renee Guttman to the role effective immediately.

“Renee’s role is paramount as Royal Caribbean continues to work in a global environment where information security is critical to the ongoing success of our Company,” said Michael Giresi, chief information officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises.

“Information security touches every aspect of our business and Renee’s leadership and oversight will innovate RCL so that our information and systems are protected and in compliance with global regulations.”

Guttman is said to have worked for a number of Fortune 500 companies including CISO, Coca-Cola Company and Time Warner.

Shipowners association Bimco recently launched a set of guidelines to help the shipping industry secure itself against the threat of cyber-attackers.

Developed jointly with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Intercargo and Intertanko, the Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships, the guidelines outline many vulnerabilities not only limited to operational and financial data, and steps which can be taken to reduce the threat.

At Bimco’s annual conference in Hamburg last November attendees were warned of the “significant potential for cyber disruption” in shipping.