Hacking The Weather Data Distribution Network

American Public Media’s Marketplace had a story last week about a hacking attempt on the National Weather Service’s servers back in October 2014.  While the National Weather Service is tasked with public safety and the movement of commerce (part of Department of Commerce) , their network of data capture and weather model production does work downstream into private weather ventures who use the data for other uses.

Also there was a side story about Hacking the Internet of Things, which is focused on home automation products connected to the internet.  This can be applied to the examples I have posted about earlier about asset management/UAV data capture on the farm.  Data products need to be hardened and have the ability to be update to stay secure so they cannot be hacked into for data loss for the farmer and clients who depend on the farmer’s products.

As much as we want a interconnected world, proper safeguards need to be put in place to make sure the data is not stolen, disrupted or misused.  Simply put, the more we need to connect, means the more we need to protect.


About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=25048141&trk=tab_pro His views are his own and not of his employer.
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