8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast & Registration

9:00 am - 9:10 am

Opening Remarks by Rebecca Bole, EVP, Editor-in-Chief, Advisen

Memorial Tribute to Toby Merrill by Evan Greenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chubb

9:10 am - 9:20 am

Welcoming Remarks by our Conference Co-Chairs

  • Beth Diamond, Global Claims Leader, Technology, Media and Business, Beazley
  • Florence Levy, Senior Vice President, Cyber / E&O Practice, JLT Specialty USA
9:20 am - 9:45 am

The View from the Top

A rare opportunity to hear from two insurance company CEOs discuss their perspectives on the cyber insurance market, disclose the issues that most concern them, and explain how cyber business fits into their overall strategic vision.

  • Rebecca Bole, EVP & Editor-in-Chief, Advisen (Moderator)
  • Dominic Casserley, President and Deputy CEO, Willis Towers Watson, Plc
  • Charles Dangelo, President and Chief Operating Officer, Starr Insurance Holdings, Inc.
9:45 am - 10:30 am

The Buyer’s Perspective

A panel of senior risk managers will discuss the challenges they face in identifying and addressing the cyber risk exposures of their organizations. Insurance solutions will be evaluated, and panelists will share their insights into how well the insurance market is addressing their cyber risk needs.

  • Ben Beeson, Cyber Risk Practice Leader, Lockton Companies (Moderator)
  • Eric Dobkin, Director, Insurance & Risk Management, Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Jamie Murdock, Chief Information Security Officer, Binary Defense Systems
  • Laura Winn, Director, Risk Management & Treasury, Time Inc.
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Morning Break

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

11:00am – 11:45am // The Underwriting Process Laid Bare

It is becoming more difficult for carriers to collect the most relevant information and to assess the best risks for their portfolios. This session will use case studies of cyber risk applications to address the underwriting process – from application to binding a quote. What are underwriters looking for in a ‘good’ risk? What standards are they applying to differentiate and rate risks? What happens when you come to renew a policy with a claim on it?

  • Bob Parisi, Managing Director, Marsh (Moderator)
  • Richard DePiero, Head Cyber & Technology – NA and Senior Vice President – Regions, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
  • Tim Francis, Enterprise Cyber Lead, Travelers
  • Jake Olcott, Vice President, BitSight Technologies


11:45am – 12:30pm // Navigating Service Offerings

Annual security assessments and data breach tabletop exercises are valuable tools. What should you do, how often and with whom? How can your insurer help you through services offered in conjunction with cyber insurance policies? This session will offer practical advice for loss prevention and mitigation, and explain the important role that insurers can play.

  • Matt Prevost, Cyber/ Technology E&O Product Manager, Chubb (Moderator)
  • Rick Bortnick, Senior Counsel, Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry
  • Alan Brill, Senior Managing Director, Kroll
  • John Coletti, Chief Underwriting Officer – Cyber & Technology, XL Catlin
  • Christopher Keegan, Senior Managing Director, Cyber & Technology National Practice Leader, Beecher Carlson

11:00am – 11:45am // First Party Exposures: Beyond Insuring Data Loss

Cyber-related threats to tangible assets are on the rise; business interruption and systems failures are just some of the ways that revenue can be impacted from a cyber attack.  This session will address how these losses happen, including some scenario analysis, outlining the consequences of tangible assets being at risk. The panel will also discuss the insurance market’s response to covering tangible and intangible assets in their policies – how is this developing and are the solutions meeting client’s needs?

  • Brad Gow, Senior Vice President, Endurance (Moderator)
  • Ronald Bushar, VP Professional Services and Global Managing Director, Mandiant
  • Andy Obuchowski, Jr., Practice Leader, Digital Forensics & Incident Response Services and Director, Security & Privacy Consulting, RSM US LLP
  • Michael Palotay, Senior Vice President, Underwriting, NAS Insurance
  • Aleksandr Pinkhas, Senior Claims Consultant – Technology & Cyber Claims, Hartford Financial Products


11:45am – 12:30pm // The Market Response: Policy Developments

How have needs and expectations of cyber insurance buyers changed in recent years? Are underwriters responding to these changes? This session will examine the range of cyber exposures beyond a data breach, including cyber-related property damage and bodily injury, cyber extortion, account takeovers, spear phishing attacks, and business interruption and contingent business interruption, explain how these exposures are viewed by insurance buyers, and assess how well the insurance market is doing in providing coverage in a highly dynamic threat environment.

  • Kimberly Holmes, Senior Vice President & Counsel, Esq., RPLU, Cyber Insurance, Liability & Emerging Risks, ID Experts (Moderator)
  • Shannon Groeber, Senior Vice President, Cyber / E&O Practice, JLT Specialty USA
  • Garin Pace, Head of Underwriting Excellence – Cyber, AIG
  • Paul Pendolino, Vice President, FM Global
  • Catherine Rudow, SVP, Head of Cyber, PartnerRe

11:00am – 11:45am // Cyber Extortion: How to Handle It

Ransomware, Spear Phishing and social engineering are increasingly used in sophisticated attacks, targeted at specific employees who are in a position to release corporate assets into social engineers’ devious possession. This session looks at who is holding your data to ransom through ransomware, hacktivism and extortion – and how they are monetizing it. We will ask the golden question – do you pay? This session will give you top tips on best practices that companies can implement to prevent this type of attack.

  • Winston Krone, Global Managing Director, Kivu (Moderator)
  • Austin Berglas, Senior Managing Director, Head of Cyber Defense, K2 Intelligence
  • Steve Meckl, Director, Americas Incident Response, Cyber Security Services, Symantec
  • Jason Rebholz, Director of Professional Services, The Crypsis Group
  • Lisa Sotto, Partner, Hunton & Williams LLP


11:45am – 12:30pm // Cyber War Game Breach Simulation

The military does it, the government does it – increasingly corporations are doing it… Cyber war games are becoming a crucial part of testing your company’s responsiveness and resilience in the face of a ‘live’ cyber event. This session will bring a team of experts to work through a mock cyber incident with our conference audience. Using real scenarios, the panel will discuss the possible causes of action to be taken during a data breach incident and assess their consequences. The audience will learn some best practices for crisis preparedness and response.

  • Melissa Ventrone, Chair, Data Privacy and Security Group, Thompson Coburn (Moderator)
  • Leslie Kesselring, Founder and President, Kesselring Communications
  • Austin Murphy, Director, Incident Response Services, CrowdStrike
  • Simon Oddy, Partner, RGL Forensics
  • Drew Walter, Director of Underwriting, Senior Vice President, Axis
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Conference Luncheon

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

2:00pm – 2:45pm // The Long Arm of Regulation: A European Invasion

This session will address the status of global regulation on cyber threats and reporting, including major developments in Europe such as the GDPR and its Transatlantic Privacy Shield arrangement. This session will discuss the implications for corporations and insurers.

  • Cinthia Motley, Parnter, Sedgwick LLP (Moderator)
  • Michael Bruemmer, Vice President, Data Breach Resolution Group, Experian
  • Meghan Hannes, VP, Product Manager – Cyber, Technology, Axis Capital
  • Alan D. Meneghetti, Partner, Locke Lord (UK) LLP


2:45pm – 3:15pm // Claims: What’s the smartest way to handle privacy class actions?

Using the Spokeo ruling as a launch-point, this session will debate the ruling and ask how best to settle a privacy class action.

  • Beth Diamond, Global Claims Leader, Technology, Media and Business, Beazley (Moderator)
  • Kenneth Chernof, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP
  • Jacqueline Waters, Managing Director, Aon Plc

2:00pm – 2:45pm // Systemic Risk

Silent exposures – what are they? How can they be quantified? Is there a need for a government backstop?

  • Jennifer Livingstone, Vice President Business Development, Cyence (Moderator)
  • Ryan Alban, Senior Security Architect, SecureWorks
  • Rob Knake, Senior Fellow for Cyber Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Susan Shay, Senior Vice President, Head of Financial Lines, Reinsurance, Swiss Re


2:45pm – 3:15pm // Cyber Modeling: Lessons from Outside the Industry

There are many initiatives in the cyber marketplace for modeling cyber risk, but do cyber exposures demand a different perspective? This session will bring speakers from outside the insurance industry to share their experiences in other sectors. Speakers will share their views on how to quantify, analyze and mitigate cyber risk in a business and within an underwriting portfolio.

  • Douglas Clare, VP, Security Solutions, FICO
  • Ashwin Kashyap, Director – Product Management, Symantec

2:00pm – 2:45pm // Infosec and Insurance: Friends or Foes?

This session will look at two complementary, but potentially disruptive sectors: insurance and information security. What moves are afoot for insurers to develop and adopt infosec technology for underwriting purposes? And how are vendors encroaching on traditional insurance territory, by forming MGA’s etc? Panelists will look at the forces at play, how vendors are selected, how their effectiveness is measured and how budgets are directed.

Attendees will learn:

  1. How information security technology will affect coverage limits and total amounts for underwriters
  2. How information security technology can enable insureds to improve their insurability and lower premium amounts
  3. What brokers need to do to stay in the game and provide the best cyber insurance outcomes
  • Thomas Reagan, Managing Director, Marsh (Moderator)
  • Robert Dowling, Product Manager, Cyber RiskScope, Dynetics Inc.
  • Meredith Schnur, Senior Vice President, Professional Risk Practice, Wells Fargo Insurance
  • Ari Vared, Product Manager, CyberPolicy
  • Bob Wice, US Focus Group Leader, Beazley


2:45pm – 3:15pm // The Future State of Cybersecurity

Crystal-ball gazing with academics etc on where the Internet and connectivity could end up, given the current cyber security concerns…Based on a seminal piece of recent research.

  • David Bradford, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Advisen (Moderator)
  • Adam Golodner, Leader Global Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice Group, Kaye Scholer LLP
  • James Kaplan, Partner, McKinsey & Company
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Afternoon Break

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Trends: Market and Claims

This discussion will focus on both market and claims trends based on a research survey conducted in 2016. This session is sponsored by Zurich.

  • Catherine Mulligan, Senior Vice President, Zurich (Moderator)
  • Erica Davis, Senior Vice President, Head of Specialty Products E&O, Zurich
  • John Mullen, Chair US Data Privacy and Network Security Group, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
  • Eric Seyfried, SVP, Team Leader, Financial Services Group, Professional Risk Solutions, A Division of Aon Risk Service Northeast, Inc.
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Keynote Address

  • Robert Greifeld, Chief Executive Officer, Nasdaq
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Closing Remarks & Reception

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