Cyber Risk Awards: Were your ears burning?

By Erin Ayers, Advisen

NEW YORK—It’s so important to get the wording just right in cyber – every phrase artfully crafted, every meaning clear.
I’m talking, of course, not of policy construction but of the entertainment portion of the annual Advisen Cyber Risk Awards.

Whether it’s rapping about how you’ve got 99 problems, but a breach ain’t one, or hearing the latest cyber-related laments from Graeme Newman’s adorable children, it’s hard to properly describe the evening to those that aren’t there.

In five years, the Cyber Risk Awards have built quite the body of case law in the court of public opinion – cyber industry folks really, really like those little glass laptops.

The camaraderie and competition clearly drive speakers to reach for the top of the tower, which on this occasion at least isn’t the safest spot to be. Amid the air of giddy anticipation, the fast and funny burns, there’s room for everyone, even if you don’t happen to be among the privileged members of the cyber industry’s Slack (or WhatsApp, or text chain, or whatever. Change those passwords frequently, folks, because I want in and I’ve picked up loads of tips from ethical hackers!)

The gala event brings together the top players in cyber insurance for a bit of celebration of another year in the trenches in one of the fastest-growing, most challenging segments of the insurance industry. The evening gives attendees the chance to focus more on the humorously risqué than the risk for a change, and the industry clearly loves this opportunity to loosen up. Historical data shows that anyone and any company are fair game for the *generally* good-hearted ribbing of the evening.

It’s that rare opportunity when jokingly setting fire to one’s career just enhances the warm glow for everyone. Don’t miss out next year—both for the fun and the fact that, honestly, everyone’s just going to talk behind your back if you don’t come.

Erin “Cybeyonce” Ayers can be reached at [email protected]


Advisen hosted our 5th annual Cyber Risk Awards at a gala dinner event in New York City that has become the leading networking event on the cyber social calendar.

Complete list of finalists and winners from the June 6 Cyber Risk Awards:

Advisen’s Cyber Risk Champion of the Year

  • Adam Cottini of Arthur J. Gallagher

Cyber Risk Industry Person of the Year- USA

  • Marcello Antonucci, Beazley
  • Joe DePaul, Willis Towers Watson
  • Christiaan Durdaller, INSUREtrust
  • Shannon Groeber, JLT Specialty USA
  • Chris Keegan, Beecher Carlson
  • Garrett Koehn, CRC Insurance
  • Sylvia Menetre, BB&T
  • Bob Parisi, Marsh
  • Matt Prevost, Chubb
  • Tom Reagan, Marsh
  • Rob Rosenzweig, Risk Strategies
  • Jenny Soubra, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Winner: Christiaan Durdaller, INSUREtrust

Cyber Risk Industry Person of the Year- London

  • David Arnold, Marsh
  • Paul Bantick, Beazley
  • Kyle Bryant, Chubb
  • Mark Camillo, AIG
  • Trevor Maynard, Lloyd’s of London
  • Graeme Newman, CFC Underwriting
  • Siobhan O’Brien, Marsh
  • Sarah Stephens, JLT Specialty
  • Dan Trueman, AXIS
  • Rick Welsh, Sciemus
  • William Wright, Paragon

Winner: Dan Trueman, AXIS

Cyber Risk Industry Person of the Year- International

  • Kyle Adams, JLT Specialty, Bermuda
  • Jean Bayon de la Tour, Marsh France
  • Philippe Cotelle, Airbus France, Board member, FERMA
  • Emy Donavan, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
  • Brad Gow, Sompo International
  • Tracie Grella, AIG
  • Winston Krone, Kivu Consulting, The Netherlands
  • Pascal Millaire, CyberCube
  • Noel Pearman, XL Catlin Bermuda
  • Ian Pollard, Delta Insurance NZ
  • Tim Stapleton, Chubb

Winner: Tracie Grella, AIG

Cyber Risk Event Response Team of the Year

  • AIG Claims team
  • Beazley Breach Response
  • CFC Underwriting Incident Response
  • Charles River Associates
  • CyberScout
  • Experian Data Breach Resolution
  • Kivu Consulting
  • Mullen Coughlin
  • Navigant
  • The Crypsis Group

Winner: Beazley Breach Services

Cyber Risk Pre-Breach Team of the Year

  • AllClear ID
  • Chubb Loss Mitigation Services
  • Cyber adAPT
  • Experian Data Breach Resolution
  • Kroll
  • Marsh MRC Cybersecurity Consulting and Advisory Services
  • NetDiligence
  • Zeguro

Winner: NetDiligence

Cyber Service Vendor of the Year

  • AllClear ID
  • BitSight Technologies
  • Charles River Associates
  • CrowdStrike
  • CyberScout
  • Cyence (Guidewire Software)
  • Epiq
  • Experian Data Breach Resolution
  • FICO
  • The Crypsis Group
  • Verisk Analytics

Winner: CyberScout

Cyber Risk Innovation of the Year

  • AIG CyberMatics – Underwriting app
  • AIR Worldwide ARC model (Analytics of Risk from Cyber) for insurers
  • Allianz, Cisco, Apple, Aon partnership
  • AsTech Paragon and Vigilance Breach Guarantee Programs
  • Barbican/ FICO/ TSC Risk Mitigation Services
  • Chubb ERM platform
  • ISO Cyber Risk Solutions insurance rating program
  • JLT Specialty – GDPR Solution
  • Marsh Cyber CAT 2.0
  • Pool Re & Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies – cyber extension
  • Willis Towers Watson Cyber Risk Profile Diagnostic

Winner: AIG Cyber Matics – Underwriting app

Cyber Newcomer of the Year

  • At-Bay
  • Coalition
  • Corax
  • CyberGRX
  • EmergIn Risk
  • Safety National Cyber Risk Insurance
  • Zeguro

Winner: Emergin Risk

Cyber Reinsurer of the Year

  • Arch Reinsurance
  • Munich Re
  • Odyssey Re
  • PartnerRe
  • Swiss Re
  • TransRe

Winner: Munich Re

Cyber Law Firm of the Year

  • BakerHostetler
  • Clyde & Co
  • DAC Beachcroft
  • Hunton & Williams
  • Lewis Brisbois
  • McDonald Hopkins
  • Mullen Coughlin
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
  • Wilson Elser

Winner: Mullen Coughlin

Cyber Risk Broking Team of the Year

  • AmWINS
  • Aon
  • Arthur J Gallagher
  • Beecher Carlson
  • HUB International
  • INSUREtrust
  • JLT Specialty
  • Marsh
  • Risk Strategies
  • USI (including Wells Fargo)
  • Willis Towers Watson

Winner: Willis Towers Watson

Cyber Risk Insurer of the Year

  • AIG
  • Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
  • Allied World
  • AXIS (including Novae)
  • Beazley
  • C.N.A
  • Chubb
  • NAS Insurance
  • Sompo International
  • Tokio Marine HCC
  • Travelers
  • XL Catlin

Winner: Beazley