Diving head-first into the cold waves of the Pacific whilst sporting a neoprene wetsuit is the ultimate ice-breaker. That is why Kivu regularly holds its annual Surf Club event on the day NetDiligence Santa Monica begins. Or rather, it is one of the reasons – the sunshine and sea breeze are another.
This October, Kivu attended three industry events across the U.S. and Europe to share our insight on cybersecurity with peers and partners. NetDiligence Santa Monica was the first stop on the U.S. speaking tour – but it started in Brussels, Belgium, with Commercial Risk’s Cyber Risk Management conference. Head of Global Post Breach Recovery and EMEA Incident Response Anthony Hess spoke on a panel on ransomware, examining the latest trends in what is arguably the greatest cyber threat businesses currently face. The European market continues to lag behind the UK and U.S. in cyber insurance coverage – so the conference was a welcome opportunity for European risk managers to hear from cyber insurance providers and vendors like Kivu. We certainly see a strong appetite for better cyber security infrastructure and awareness in this market, part of the reason we are investing in a growing European presence.
NetDiligence Santa Monica
NetDiligence Santa Monica is always a pleasure to attend – and that is before factoring in the location. The West Coast conference is a stalwart in the insurance event calendar and Kivu attends each year to meet with industry partners. We participated in an interactive workshop around a simulated ransomware attack which was moderated by Jeremy Barnett of NAS, the lead on the Insurance Industry Cybercrime Task Force (IICTF), of which Kivu is a member. The incident response was a coordinated effort between panellists and highlighted the importance of fast yet deliberate action. Good incident response providers can move from containment to system recovery and restoration with minimal business interruption, but much depends on factors outside of their control – the availability of functioning back-ups and the ransomware variant, to name just two. What made this session particularly interesting was the innovative use of simulation technology to create a genuinely interactive and participatory workshop. We’d never seen anything like it before and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, provided by Infiniqo (see screen shot below).
Advisen Cyber Risk Insights
The New York Advisen Cyber Risk Insights Conference is another regular feature in our calendar. And this year, we tried something new – we teamed up with other forensic firms and formed a loose network called “The League of Extraordinary Forensic Firms”. Collectively, we invited industry partners to join us at a New York institution, Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant – and over 190 turned out. The following day at the conference, Anthony Hess moderated a session on emerging risks – highlighting the growing sophistication of cybercrime, fuelled by new technology and, paradoxically, increased cyber security awareness. If mobile malware, biometric hacking, AI-powered attacks and social engineering sound like the stuff of nightmares to you, you may want to brace yourself – because these are the emerging risks business must prepare for.
To speak to us about how we can contribute cyber security insights and threat intelligence to your event, contact us at email@example.com