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Join Us At The Upcoming PLUS Northwest Chapter Cyber Workshop

We’re only two weeks away from the season’s premier cyber education event: The PLUS Northwest Chapter & IIABKC Cyber Workshop, to be held on December 7 (a date which will live in infamy), 2011 at the Washington Athletic Club in downtown Seattle. This will be my first trip to Seattle, so I’m really looking forward to it, as well as to meeting those of you who attend. The panel is entitled Emerging Issues Surrounding Cyber Privacy and Security Risk and will run for a full three-hours (with a corresponding 3 Washington state CE credits), from 1.30 PM to 4.30 PM, to be followed by the always popular cocktail reception. The cost is to attend is dirt cheap, given the panelists and topic, as its $40 for PLUS members and $60 for non-members.

So, you’re wondering, who are the panelists? Well, PLUS Northwest has assembled a crackerjack lineup of the following special guest speakers:

David Molitano,Vice President/Division Manager, Content Technology & Services at OneBeacon Professional Insurance; Kimberly Horn, Claims Manager for Technology, Media and Business Services at Beazley Group; and Karl Peterson, Senior Vice President, E&O and eRisk Product Team at Willis Executive Risks Practice.

You’ll only get this quality of presenter at the PLUS Northwest Chapter event. Don’t be fooled by pretenders or others promoting cyber conferences with lesser lights. This is THE cyber event to attend. And the post-workshop cocktail reception is an added bonus.

Please feel free to contact PLUS or me if you have any questions or would like further details about the Workshop. We look forward to seeing you there! And, in particular, meeting with you afterwards. Plus (no pun intended), for Cyberinquirer subscribers only, the first cocktail is on me. Just flip an email and let me know you’re coming.


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Cyberinquirer Named As One of LexisNexis’s Top Insurance Blogs of 2011

With the help of our readers, Cyberinquirer has again been named as one of LexisNexis’s Top Insurance blogs 0f 2011. We are obviously flattered, particularly in view of the quality of the other blogs selected to this august list. It shows that people are reading what we have to say. And that, perhaps, they are interested in what we have to say. We sure hope that to be the case. We love thinking, reading and talking about tech, privacy and cyber related issues (yeah, admittedly we’re geeks). And we hope that you, our readers, gain from our insights, even if you don’t always agree with them.

So now that we’ve been recognized by LexisNexis for the second straight period, maybe some of you, our readers, will be more comfortable authoring a piece we can post. Remember, this blog is open to all relevant, responsible submissions, be they articles, commentaries, or just comments on something we have said that strikes a chord. If you’ve got something to say that may be of interest to others in the community, email it to me at and I will get back with you promptly. We strive to publish fresh, interesting content on a regular basis, but its not always easy, as we do maintain law practices. And have other commitments. So flip your authored pieces. We’d actually appreciate it.

Needless to say, we couldn’t have done this on our own. So the honor is not just for us, but for you too. Thanks.

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The Hospitality Industry Revisited: Does Your Company Have Proper Coverage?

101387303-a0006-000338.530x298In a prior post (here), we discussed the frequency of cyber thefts in the hospitality industry in 2009. We have a decent idea of how many of you read that article. For those of you who haven’t, here’s my topic sentence: “38% of the credit card hacking events in 2009 involved the hospitality industry.” Yep. 38%.

And guess what? The hospitality industry remained a high-level target in 2010. Alright, if you’re connected to the hospitality industry, you probably knew that already. But what you might not realize is that you’re not out of the clear. And, things may be getting worse as the frequency of cyber criminality grows, and as the perpetrators become more sophisticated and cyber attacks propagate (more on that below).

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Would Your Company’s Insurance Cover a Cyberattack?

The following article was written by my good friend, Scott Godes, a policyholder attorney with Dickstein Shapiro in Washington, D.C., and first appeared on his personal site, Corporate Insurance Blog. Cyberinquirer neither ratifies nor necessarily agrees with the opinions stated below, which are Scott’s exclusively and not those of Cyberinquirer or Dickstein Shapiro. Responsible comment will gladly be published (promptly…). Please feel free to forward them to me at your convenience.

Rick Bortnick

On October 27, 2011, posted:

A massive cyberattack that led to a vulnerability in RSA’s SecurID tags earlier this year also victimized Google, Facebook, Microsoft and many other big-named companies, according to a new analysis released this week.

The Krebs On Security blog posted:

Security experts have said that RSA wasn’t the only corporation victimized in the attack, and that dozens of other multinational companies were infiltrated using many of the same tools and Internet infrastructure.

This is in line with comments from others, including this quote from Digital Forensic Investigator News, that “2011 has quickly become the year of the cyber attack.” Would your insurance policies cover those events? Beyond the denial of service attacks that made news headlines, a shocking “80 percent of respondents” in a survey of “200 IT security execs” “have faced large scale denial of service attacks,” according to a ZDNet story. These attacks and threats do not appear to be on a downward trend. They continue to be in the news after cyberattacks allegedly took place against “U.S. government Web sites – including those of the White House and the State Department –” over the July 4, 2009 holiday weekend. The alleged attacks were not only against government sites; they allegedly included, “according to a cyber-security specialist who has been tracking the incidents, . . . those run by the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, The Washington Post, and MarketWatch.” Themore recent ZDNet survey shows that a quarter of respondents faced denial of service attacks on a weekly or even daily basis, with cyberextortion threats being made as well.

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