8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast & Registration

9:00 am - 9:05 am

Welcoming Remarks

9:05 am - 9:15 am

Opening Remarks by our 2016 Conference Chair

  • Melissa Ventrone, Chair, Data Privacy and Security Group, Thompson Coburn LLP
9:15 am - 9:45 am

Keynote Address

  • William Cook, Partner, Reed Smith, former President of InfraGard—an FBI computer crime unit program—and Founding Member of the U.S. Secret Service Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force
9:45 am - 10:00 am

What the Data Says: Cyber Trends

The cyber world has been evolving rapidly as the cat and mouse game continues between the good guys and bad guys. Advisen will share some of its latest data and describe its implications for managing and insuring cyber risk.

  • Jim Blinn, EVP & Global Product Manager, Advisen
10:00 am - 10:45 am

The Risk Manager’s Perspective

This session will focus on insurance buyers and risk manager’s interactions with the cyber insurance market. This session will also discuss what alternative sources of capital, including captives, are available to cover cyber exposures.

  • Mark Kollar, CEO and Lead Underwriter, Edgewater Holdings, Ltd. (Moderator)
  • Graeme Harper, SVP Global Insurance, FIS Global
  • Ethan Harrington, Director of Insurance and Risk Management, H&R Block
  • Rich Moore, Managing Director, Alvarez and Marsal
10:45 am - 11:00 am

Morning Break

11:00 am - 11:45 am

The Underwriting Process Laid Bare

What are underwriters looking for in a good risk? How is the underwriting process changing with the shifting risk landscape? More carriers are using internal resources, such as modeling and IT experts to inform underwriting decisions. This session will also look at how underwriters consider pools of risk versus individual accounts.

  • Meredith Schnur, Senior Vice President, Professional Risk Practice, Wells Fargo Insurance (Moderator)
  • Michael Carr, Technology Practice Leader, Argo
  • Nick Economidis, Underwriter, Beazley
  • Adam Kopcio, Vice President, Professional Risk, Endurance
  • Julian Waits, Sr., President & CEO, PivotPoint Risk Analytics
11:45 am - 12:30 pm

The Claims Process

You only really find out what you’ve bought when you have a claim. This session will use case studies to assess how a cyber claim works in reality: Why are network security firms increasingly involved in the underwriting process? When should insureds notify underwriters? This session will lay out how to interact with insurers and discuss issues such as ‘what influences the smooth outcome of a claim?’

  • Kevin Sullivan, Managing Director, Marsh (Moderator)
  • Jill Linhardt, Executive Vice President, NAS
  • Brian Robb, Claims Director, CNA
  • Todd Rowe, Partner, Tressler LLP
  • David Standish, Complex Claim Director, Cyber/Media/Technology, AIG
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Conference Luncheon

Conference attendees are invited to join Advisen for our lunch roundtable discussion –

The growth of cyber risk has dramatically expanded the need to develop methods to understand how it varies by such factors as size of company and industry.  Learn in this session how Advisen has captured and curated the world’s largest collection of cyber data that is already yielding unique insights into this rapidly evolving area.

  • Jim Blinn, EVP & Global Product Manager, Advisen
  • Aloysius Tan, Product Manager, Advisen
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Who Owns Cyber Risk?

The term ‘Cyber Risk’ is increasingly hard to define, as it becomes ubiquitous in all aspects of doing business. How is the insurance market responding to this web of exposures in their policies? This session will address some of the most contentious questions, including: Should the insurance market shoulder terrorism risk? Should the property market cover physical damage and business interruption from cyber losses?

  • Ben Beeson, Cyber Risk Practice Leader, Lockton Companies (Moderator)
  • Doug Backes, Vice President, Manager of Staff Claims, FM Global
  • Bill Jennings, Crime Manager, Beazley
  • Kirstin Simonson, 2VP, Cyber Lead, Travelers
  • Vernon Suckerman, Vice President, Underwriting Manager, XL Catlin
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Regulation Update

This session will address the status of US and global regulation on cyber threats and reporting, including government initiatives on information sharing. This session will also include discussion on cross-border transfer of data and the GDPR in Europe. What are the implications for corporations and insurers?

  • Elisabeth Case, Senior Vice President, Commercial E&O Practice Leader, Marsh
  • James Giszczak, Chair, Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, McDonald Hopkins LLC
  • Jeff Greene, Director NAM Government Affairs & Senior Policy Counsel, Symantec
  • Matt Prevost, Cyber/ Technology E&O Product Manager, Chubb
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Afternoon Break

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm


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 how the motivations of cyber attackers are changing and addresses some of the tools needed to identify extortion crimes such as ransomware and hacktivism, as well as best practices that companies can implement and use to prevent this type of attack.

  • Andy Obuchowski, Practice Leader, Digital Forensics & Incident Response Services, RSM US LLP (Moderator)
  • Jeffrey J. Carpenter, Director, Incident Response and Digital Forensics Practice, SecureWorks
  • Bill Hardin, Vice President, Charles River Associates
  • John Merchant, Division Head, Cyber & Professional Liability, Nationwide
  • Vinny Troia, Founder, Principal Security Consultant, Night Lion Security
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Advisen’s acclaimed Cyber War Game Breach Simulation

Cyber loss simulations are becoming a crucial part of testing your company’s responsiveness and resilience in the face of a ‘live’ cyber event. Ahead of our conference, Advisen will host a cyber-incident simulation exercise that will see selected teams of experts – representing the various stakeholders in a real event – work through a mock cyber incident in real time. An observation team will critique the handling of the incident and report back some best practices and key takeaways for our conference audience in Chicago.

  • Winston Krone, Managing Director, Kivu Consulting (Moderator)
  • Austin Murphy, Director of Incident Response, CrowdStrike
  • Jason Maloni, Senior Vice President & Chair, Litigation Practice, LEVICK
  • Steve Anderson, VP, Product Executive – Privacy & Network Security, QBE
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Closing Remarks and Reception

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