Advisen Announces 2021 Cyber Risk Award Winners

NEW YORK — (June 17, 2021) – Top performers in the cyber risk industry were celebrated at Advisen’s eighth annual Cyber Risk Awards, held via a virtual broadcast. This dynamic annual event toasts and roasts the best of the best in cyber.

Three individuals and 12 companies were recognized, including Patrick Costello of Evolve MGA, Graeme Newman of CFC Underwriting, and Kelly Butler of Marsh Australia, who were selected by voters as Cyber Risk Industry Persons of the Year in the Americas, EMEA, and APAC regions, respectively. Winning companies included Beazley as Cyber Risk Insurer, Munich Re as Cyber Risk Reinsurer, Johnson, Kendall & Johnson as Cyber Risk Retail Broker, and INSUREtrust as Cyber Risk Wholesale Broker.

Additionally, Advisen’s 45 Cyber Commissioners selected AmWINS / Crum & Forster CyberUP as the Cyber Risk Disrupter of the Year with the greatest impact.

Lastly, Advisen’s editorial team, led by Managing Editor Chad Hemenway named Brad Gow of Sompo International this year’s Cyber Champion.

“Outstanding efforts this year were seen across the board. In a year when the world stood still, the cyber risk world did not,” stated Jeff Cohen, Senior Vice President of Zywave. “We congratulate the 37 professionals and the 112 companies who were nominated for an award, and thank the many thousands of counterparts and clients who voted.”

Below is the complete list of 2021 Cyber Risk Awards categories and winners:

2021 Cyber Risk Industry Person of the Year – Americas:
Patrick Costello, Evolve MGA

2021 Cyber Risk Industry Person of the Year – EMEA:
Graeme Newman, CFC Underwriting

2021 Cyber Risk Industry Person of the Year – APAC:
Kelly Butler, Marsh Australia

2021 Cyber Risk Event Response Team:
CFC Underwriting / Solis Security

2021 Cyber Risk Pre-Breach Team:

2021 Cyber Risk Insurtech:

2021 Cyber Risk Newcomer:
Cyber Insurance Academy

2021 Cyber Risk Reinsurer or Reinsurance Broker:
Munich Re

2021 Cyber Risk Law Firm:
Mullen Coughlin

2021 Cyber Risk Retail Broking Team:
Johnson, Kendall & Johnson

2021 Cyber Risk Wholesale Broking Team:

2021 Cyber Risk Insurer:

2021 Cyber Risk MGA:
Evolve MGA

2021 Cyber Risk SME Insurer/Service Provider:
CFC Underwriting

2021 Cyber Risk Disrupter:
AmWINS / Crum & Forster CyberUP

In addition to the winners, the event featured cameo appearances from Wade Baker of Cyentia Institute, Jeremy Gittler of AXA XL, Shannon Groeber and Graeme Newman of CFC Underwriting, Jim Leonard of Kroll, Shawn Melito of BreachQuest, Carolyn Purwin Ryan of Mullen Coughlin, Nate Spurrier of CyberScout, and Brookes Taney of Arete Incident Response, delivering some cyber spice and advice to a global audience of cyber professionals.

Advisen’s call for nominations for our 2022 Cyber Risk Awards will occur in January 2022. For more information about Advisen’s cyber risk events and offerings, visit us online.

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