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Travelers Institute CyberSecurity Symposium
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Tuesday, May 9, 7:00–9:00 a.m.

Is technology putting your business or clients at risk?

Every organization that uses technology to do business is at risk of a cybersecurity threat. As technology becomes more complex and sophisticated, so do cyber risks, which is why every business needs to be prepared. Join the Travelers Institute during breakfast for an educational discussion about what steps your business and clients can take to help prepare for today’s cybersecurity environment. Gain insights into common cyber threats, how to establish your cyber team, creating a cyber culture, and responding to cyber incidents.


The Travelers Institute was created in May 2009 as a means of participating in public policy dialogue on matters of interest to the property casualty insurance sector, as well as the financial services industry more broadly. The Institute draws upon the industry expertise of Travelers' senior management and the technical expertise of its risk professionals and other experts to provide information, analysis, and recommendations to public policymakers and regulators.


Joan K. Woodward (moderator)

Joan K. Woodward

Joan is Executive Vice President of Public Policy for Travelers and President of The Travelers Institute. Joan is a member of the company's Management, Risk and Operating Committees and also serves on the Travelers Foundation Board.


Joan joined Travelers in 2008 from Goldman Sachs & Co., where she was the founding Executive Director of the company's Global Markets Institute. During her nine years at Goldman Sachs, Joan also served as Vice President and Director of Washington Research for Goldman Sachs' Global Investment Research. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Joan worked on Capitol Hill for 12 years, serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance as well as Senior Economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget.

Joan has bachelor's degrees in Economics and Political Science and a master's degree in Public Administration, all from the American University. She also studied at the University of London.

Joan serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce. In July 2010, she was appointed to the President's national Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Export Council. She is engaged with numerous community and charitable groups and is also a recipient of the 2009–2010 David Rockefeller Fellowship.


Alex Cameron

Alex CameronAlex is a partner with Fasken Martineau and the leader of the firm’s Privacy & Information Protection Group. He is recognized as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the areas of privacy, cybersecurity, and freedom of information. Alex is consistently sought out by clients from all industry sectors, including numerous Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, in all aspects of privacy and information security.


Alex works closely with clients and information security experts to help clients identify and manage cybersecurity and related risks, including through strategic risk assessments, risk transfer, and incident response. He serves as lead breach response counsel for many of the top cyber-insurance carriers in Canada and has helped clients respond to data breaches involving millions of affected individuals. Alex has helped clients respond to all manner of data breach incidents, including:

  • sophisticated hacking, malware, and phishing attacks, including wire transfer fraud
  • large-scale ransomware attacks
  • cyber extortion in the context of information theft and DDoS attacks
  • business practice claims (e.g. alleged misuse of information for commercial purposes)
  • lost and stolen laptops, drives and paper information
  • data breaches impacting payment card information and PCI rules
  • careless, snooping. and rogue employees and
  • vendor and service provider breaches.

A seasoned litigator, Alex has acted as lead counsel in regulatory investigations, commercial disputes, and landmark cases in his areas of practice, including data-breach class action defence, and before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.


Alex obtained a doctoral degree in the field of privacy law and has received a number of prestigious commissions from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. He is immediate past Director on the Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Canada and former Chair of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) National Privacy & Access Law Section.


Alex is listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 and 2017 in the field of Privacy and Data Protection Law and Chambers Canada 2016 and 2017 for Privacy and Data Protection.


Michael A. Echols

Michael E. EcholsMichael is a senior cybersecurity executive and critical infrastructure protection strategist working with senior corporate leaders and government officials to make the U.S. more resilient. He is leading a revolution to stand-up and support Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAO). As such, Michael s leads a global effort to harmonize cyber threat information sharing. He recently launched a Credit Union ISAO, National Election System ISAO, and Maritime and Port ISAO.


Previously, Michael managed cyber threat and resiliency programs for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He was the appointee for the roll out of President Obama's EO 13691. Michael was instrumental in the development a national program related the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and the National Cyber Incident Response Plan.


At DHS, Michael chaired activities optimizing national programs, cybersecurity strategy, interagency coordination, public safety, and counterterrorism across federal agencies and the private sector. Michael' leadership has resulted in value creation and models for government and industry partnerships across the communications, IT, and other critical sectors.


Prior to joining the U.S. government as a federal employee, Michael advised federal officials and served DHS as a consultant on matters related to outreach, threat information management, protection of national networks, national security, emergency communications, and disaster management. He is the former Chief of the Government-Industry Planning and Management Branch, National Communications System (NCS), from 2009 to 2013. Michael managed the stand-up of the Joint Program Office under Executive Order 13618—supporting for national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) communications. He also served as the NATO CCPC representative, chaired the Telecommunications Sector Government Coordinating Council, led the Network Security Information Exchange, and managed the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC).


Michael is a graduate of the NPLI—Harvard Kennedy School of Public Health and the Federal Executive Institute. He holds a MBA, a MS in Biotechnology, a Graduate Certificate in Technology Management, and a BS in Criminal Justice, all from the University of Maryland. Michael is in the University of Maryland’s Expert in Residence programs and is a STEM advocate through his Training Resilient Youth program.


Ben Hunter

Ben Hunter Ben is the Technology Segment Managing Director at Travelers Canada and is based in Toronto. He overseas the development of national underwriting strategies, provides guidance and authority to the underwriting field, and works with insurance brokers in addressing the evolving needs of Canadian technology corporations. Ben has more than 13 years of experience working in the insurance industry and frequently meets with Canadian technology insurance brokers and insureds to discuss E&O, cyber, privacy, and network security matters.


Ben is also an active member of the cyber insurance community, presenting at many cyber insurance conferences and seminars. Earlier this year, Ben was a co-chair and panel moderator of the annual NetDiligence conference held in Toronto.


Ben obtained his Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation from the University of Toronto and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (B.Com.) from Queen's University.

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