16th Swiss Cyber Think Tank

Cyber Risk and Insurability
Schadentrends & Herausforderungen rund um Crime & Cybercrime

Hosted by Allianz Suisse

9 June 2020

by Invitation only

15th Swiss Cyber Think Tank

Mitigation Cyber Security Risk
The electronic signature - Swisscom Trust Services

Hosted by Swisscom (Schweiz)

6 February 2020

Invitation 15th Swiss Cyber Think Tank - 6February2020

by Invitation only

Manuel Suter,
Geschäftsstelle des Nationalen Zentrums für Cybersicherheit, Eidgenössisches Finanzdepartement
«Die Cyber Strategie der Schweiz und ihre Umsetzung»

Patrick Keil,
Senior Digital Consultant, Open Web Technology
«Elektronische Signatur: Konzeption und Umsetzung in der Praxis»

Panel, Innovation oder Risiko?
«Digital Signatures and Mobile Apps for the Finance business»

Patrick Keil, Senior Digital Consultant, Open Web Technology
Marc Saudan, Product Owner Mobile Solutions, AXA Switzerland
Asha Hall, Founder and CEO, CodeMamba
Stefan Marzohl, Advisor Cybersecurity Solutions, Swisscom
Manfred Moehn, International Strategic Growth Manager (FinTech and Banking), Swisscom
Petra Wildemann, Chair and Founder Swiss Cyber Think Tank (Moderation)

«Die Cyber Strategie der Schweiz und ihre Umsetzung» Aktueller Stand und Ausblick
Manuel Suter, Geschäftsstelle des Nationalen Zentrums für Cybersicherheit, Eidgenössisches Finanzdepartement


Elektronische Signatur: Konzeption und Umsetzung in der Praxis
Patrick Keil, Senior Digital Consultant

20200206_Elektronische Signatur_P. Keil

14th Swiss Cyber Think Tank

Cyber Modelling- art or science?

Hosted by Swiss Re and Guidewire Software (Schweiz)

21 November 2019


by Invitation only

Cyber Protection / Cyber Attacks
Richard Magnan, General Counsel, CIO and Chief of Cybersecurity at Rising Tide
Lecturer in Cyber Law, Cyber Security, and Data Privacy / Protection at University of Fribourg and University of St. Gallen
Richard is a computer scientist and lawyer with diverse legal expertise frombiotechnology and medical devices to data protectionand cyber security including the legal and technical standards for today‘sand future defenses.

Cyber Modelling
Ivo Heeb, Chief Underwriter Financial Lines at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS)
After his study in St. Gallen, Ivo is underwriter in Financial Lines, whereas the development of innovative products and insurance concepts are his specialty.
As Chief Underwriter, Ivo leads the Financial Lines als AGCS since nearly10 years. In this capacity, he oversees the cyber insurance portfolio of Allianz in Switzerland.

Panel – Topic: Is Cyber Modelling Art or Science?
Eric Durand, Head Cyber Center of Competence at Swiss Re. In this role, he is the project manager of Cyber and their effects in the insurance and the reinsurance world.
Jan Hendrik Wirfs, Senior Actuarial Services at PwC Switzerland. An expert in actuarial services and deep knowledge in modelling of cyber risks and cyber scenarios.
Alex Heidrich, Data & Analytics Product Specialty Sales Executive at GuidewireSoftware. In his role, he works with the industry to close gaps on Cyber risks by using the mix of data and analytics.
Peter Zimmerli, Insurance Catastrophe Risk Assessment & Management at Axis Capital. A reinsurance professional with sixteen years of international working experience built around catastropherisk assessment and risk management expertise. Peter holds a CAS in cyber security from the ETH Zurich.
Ivo Heeb, Chief Underwriter Financial Lines at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS)
Petra Wildemann, Chair and Founder Swiss Cyber Think Tank (Moderation)

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Swiss Re and Guidewire graciously hosting the
14th Swiss Cyber Think Tank.

My deepest thanks go as well to Richard Magnan ("Cyber Protection / Cyber Attacks") for his fascinating talk titled "A Crisis Becoming a Catastrophe", covering the themes: Technology cannot prevent cyber attacks; there is an evolving legal standard of care; and who identifies and implements the standard of care - IT or legal?

I would also like to extend my warm gratitude to Ivo Heeb ("Cyber Modelling"), who discussed Cyber Loss; Risk Management and Risk Modelling; and challenges from the Insurer's Perspective.

A collective thank-you goes to Eric Durand, Jan Hendrik Wirfs, Alex Heidrich, Peter Zimmerli, Ivo Heeb, and Richard Magnan for the very lively panel discussing the topic: Is Cyber Modelling Art or Science?

Lastly, my heartfelt thanks go to our audience for their fantastic participation in the discussion.

Petra Wildemann, Chair and Founder

13th Swiss Cyber Think Tank

“Cyber Risk & Insurability: "Cyber resilience and Insurance in the SME market”

Hosted by Zürich Insurance

27 June 2019

13th Swiss Cyber Think Tank

Max Klaus, Stellv. Leiter MELANI
(Melde- undAnalysestelleInformationssicherungMELANI, angesiedeltim Informatiksteuerungsorgandes BundesISB Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance MELANI, attached to the Federal IT Steering Unit FITSU)

«Cyber-Gefahren lauern überall und können alle treffen, egal ob Privatperson, KMU oder Grossunternehmen. Max Klaus, stellvertretender Leiter MELANI, erläutert die Bedrohungslage und zeigt anhand von zwei Beispielen konkrete Bedrohungsarten auf.»


Dr. Bettina Schneider, KompetenzschwerpunktCyber Security & Resilience, FachhochschuleNordwestschweiz, FHNW

In Ihrem Vortrag, zeigt Dr. Bettina Schneider auf, dass wir es in Zeiten der ‘Hyperkonnektivität’ gewohnt sind, jederzeit mit dem Internet verbunden zu sein. Doch alles, was mit dem Internet verbunden ist, ist prinzipiell anfällig für Cyber-Attacken. Es stellt sich die Frage, wer sich um diese wachsende Gefahr von Cyber-Risiken in Organisationen kümmern sollte… keiner? wenige? alle?

Der Vortrag führt als eine vielversprechende Handlungsoption das Konzept der Cyber Resilience auf, welches den ‘Business Outcome’ – also die betrieblichen Kernprozesse/-aufgaben – als Ausgangspunkt jeglicher Schutzmassnahmen festlegt. Anhand von Praxisprojekten zeigt Frau Schneider beispielhaft die gelungene Umsetzung des ‘Cyber Resilience’ Ansatzes.

Und der passwortgeschützte Link zum Download (gültig bis Ende Juli)


Passwort: CyberResilience

Dr. Martin Eckert, Legal Partner, MME Legal | Tax | Compliance

«Drei Punkte sind für ein KMU wichtig: 1. Eine Risikoanalyse mit einem Entscheid auf oberster Ebene, welche Bedeutung dem Datenschutz beizumessen ist (Setting the tone at the top); 2. Die Dokumentation der Anstrengungen (TOM: Technische und Organisatorische Massnahmen); 3. Ein Notfallkonzept.»

12th Swiss Cyber Think Tank

“Cyber Risk & Insurability: "Secure Manufacturing & Secure Production”

Hosted by Roche and AIG

7 February 2019


Topic1: Security and integrity of the supply chain (IoT, Smart-X)

Prof. Stephan Frei, Senior Principal Security Expert – Accenture, Fritz Gyger AG, ETH Zürich

Topic2: Coping with cyber risk in manufacturing companies

Carlos Arocha, Managing Partner – Arocha & Associates GmbH, Zürich

Petra Wildemann, Chair and Founder of Swiss Cyber Think Tank

Topic3: Business interruptionin manufacturing

Tobias Caspar, Cyber Risk Engineer - AIG Europe S.A.

Daniel Hongler, Underwriter- AIG Europe S.A.

Security and integrity of the supply chain (IoT, Smart-X)

Prof. Stephan Frei, Senior Principal Security Expert – Accenture, Fritz Gyger AG, ETH Zürich

Cyber risks are abstract, have developed slowly and, consequently, were ignored for a long time. Digital products increasingly pervade every area of life, and it is difficult to allocate resources to protect against abstract risks. These are often recognized only once a major event has occurred. This presentation is about the important but largely overlooked fact that we must assume that critical components of our infrastructure are already compromised, from applications and operating systems down the everyday devices, their firmware, hardware and individual chips. We have come to rely on a complex chain of suppliers for hardware and software, a supply chain which can no longer be fully controlled. On top, the revelations by Snowden have demonstrated that hardware and software can be compromised and backdoored with or without the consent or knowledge of the supplier. This presentation examines the supply chain risks and remediating measures from the attackers, defenders, technology, and economic perspective. This latest disruptive innovation is not the first to prompt critical questions regarding security and safety, there are effective lessons from history to inform us for the future.

As a society and industry, we are obligated to prevent known and avoidable mistakes.


Coping with cyber risk in manufacturing companies

At the 12thedition of the Swiss Cyber Think Tank series, held on 7 February 2019 at Roche Diagnostics in Rotkreuz, Petra Wildemann and Carlos Arocha discussed the problems that manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies deal with when exposed to cyber threats. The number of cyber-attacks has risen substantially over the years and although other industries such as financial services have usually been a common target, manufacturing and pharma are not immune to such hazards. One of the main obstacles that hinder risk management effectiveness is the lack of recognition of an enterprise-wide risk management program as a tool to identify, measure, mitigate and transfer risks. Commercial insurance is only one of the few elements of an integral solution—and it may not be even available in certain cases. Furthermore, it may not suit the company’s risk profile. Embedding a risk management culture from top down may then be key in achieving a more robust response to cyber risk.

Please click here to view the slides.


Business Interruption in Manufacturing

The third presentation was held by the AIG-Cyber Team under the lead of Giv Kahrom. Special thanks to Daniel Hongler and Tobias Caspar who spoke about business interruption in manufacturing. Daniel explained the perspective of underwriting and claims adjustment of business interruption risks in detail, whilst Tobias our Risk Engineer focused on the technical implications and our risk assessment process with clients.



11th Swiss Cyber Think Tank

“Cyber Risk & Insurability: Cyber Security and GDPR are one of the same topic: Data Management”

Hosted by CA Technologies

27 September 2018



Moderation: Petra Wildemann

from 14:30 on:  Welcome and Coffee
15:00  Introduction
15:10  Technical and Pricing models
16:30   Coffee Break
16:45   Hacking & Cyber Attacks
18:00   Closing and Apéro

Pro-active cyber insurance pricing model

By Petra Wildemann
Chair and Founder of the Swiss Cyber Think Tank

Petra Wildemann presented the research work of the “Proactive cyber insurance pricing model”, where there is a need for a better framework to interpret data from cyber attacks/cyber crime within the constraint of the lack of historical data in many cases. Cyber risks are man-made in a fast-changing, technology driven world and that is one of the challenges we all face.

In her presentation, she made note of the controversy concerning the refusal, by Everest Insurance, of a claim made by National Bank of Blacksbury. For a cyber-related claim of only $2.3 million, the insurer refused to pay for two consecutive cyber attacks on ATM machines within 8 months despite the fact that the bank had a cyber cover for $8 million. With due respect to the accumulation risks, potentially as high as billions of dollars, which understandably frighten insurers, the reputational effects of this non-payment might well be ultimately more damaging to the insurance industry.

The White Paper swhich she referred to Proactive Cyber Insurance Pricing Model / Cyber Insurance Incentive Modela simple concept of effective execution of the written incident response plan, was extensively discussed. The cyber risk model was compared to auto insurance (which still costs insurers more than cyber risks), health insurance (with its attendant risk of loss or theft of personal data) and property risk models. The cyber risk model differs because the risk factors have an influence on the insured risks, while in the traditional risk models, there is no direct influence between the risk factors and the insured risks.

Find your IT-risk culprits: your user! (and your practices)

By Mark Korondi

Managing Director, Korondi Cloud Consulting


Mark Korondi presented an easy-to-grasp summarization of real-world threats that affects companies from small to large businesses, when it comes to IT-security.

In this presentation, the audience learned that in our computerized world, contrary to common sense beliefs, cyber crimes affect mainly not companies whose activities are related to IT services but those who usually don’t have the personell to implement security practices and educate employees and end users.

A brief technical outlook helped understanding how the modern, cryptography-based secure protocols work that all of us are using in our life; HTTPS is ubiquitous across desktop computers, mobile devices and thanks to the IoT revolution, soon even in our  households.

At the end of the presentation, with a two-minute video it was demonstrated, how easy it is to trick nearby people at an airport into leaking their passwords.

10th Swiss Cyber Think Tank

“Cyber Risk & Insurability: EU eGovernment Benchmark & GDPR”

Hosted by Vaudoise

28 June 2018

The 10th Swiss Cyber Think Tank (SCTT) was hosted by Vaudoise and took place at Vaudoise in Lausanne. I would like to thank the host for the organization and the commitment to our 10th Swiss Cyber Think Tank. The motto of this SCTT was “Cyber Risk & Insurability: EU eGovernment Benchmark & GDPR”.

A special thank to Jesús Pampin for the celebration cake of the 10th Swiss Cyber Think Tank!


10th Swiss Cyber Think Tank at Vaudoise in Lausanne

Thank you to Vaudoise for hosting the 10th Swiss Cyber Think Tank

A warm thank you to our presenters Andreas von Ow of Kudelski Security, Daniel von Büren of Microsoft, Petra Wildemann of Arocha & Associates.

Kudelsky Security presented the Lessons Learned of the Incident Responses. During the presentation, Andy von Ow gave key answers to the question, where Incident Response fits in relation to an incident. With inspiring examples, he pointed out that incident responses in action require three steps from the Detection and Analysation through Containment, Eradication and Recovery to Post-Incident Handling. Andy von Ow mentioned that all steps need to be performed. The lack of missing only one step can disturb an environment as he explained in his example where a global organization with factories all over the world was facing a malware attack. The hidden malware in their computer environment deleted random files on their networks. In a second example of a global manufactory company with offices and factories world-wide, the attacker asked for ransom payment in exchange for the descryption key. In his conclusion, Andy von Ow pointed out that preparation and appropriate planning is required before an incident and that incident responses are required during an incident and afterwards, where one of the two main parts are documentation and analysation of the Lessons Learned!


Microsoft presented the technical solution of GDPR compliance fundamentals and what GDPR means to Microsoft, who is GDPR-compliant accross Microsoft’s cloud services when enforcement has begun as of 25 May 2018. The trusted cloud principles range from Security, Privacy & Control and Compliance up to the Transparency, where customers know what is happening with their data and who has access to their data. Daniel von Büren explained in his presentation the different steps for Microsoft internally having achived GDPR compliance and to bring the technical solution to their customers in order to be GDPR compliant as well. Daniel von Büren pointed out that the definition of the scope not only includes the legal requirements but also the business requirements leading into controls, milestones and workstreams. In his presentation, Daniel von Büren showed the tasks of the compliance manager from a real-time risk assessment to recommended actions, workflows and audit-ready reports for cloud services within different compliance standards. Internal webinars, train-the-trainer programs and technical and privacy documentation for customers are available in order to fulfill the regulatory obligations.


"GDPR is not only an IT-topic, although managers like to look for a tool to solve the compliant issue." mentioned Daniel von Büren

Petra Wildemann of Arocha&Associates presented the topic GDPR Implications in Actuarial work. The impact of big data and the requirements of dealing with portfolios in order to calculate premiums, reserves and liabilities, actuarial service requires modern and compliant technologies in a safe cloud environment. The complexity of the GDPR compliance requirements are huge and require the integration of multiple technology solutions, processes and procedures. Actuaries of different business lines in Life, Health, Pension and Property&Casualty insurance require access to aggegated data. Petra Wildemann explained the different steps in the Risk-Alert plan and the requirements of the seven compliance areas from recording, structuring and valuating data for the underwriting processes and the calculation of reserves and liabilities. The anonymisation of data is a very important topic so that Actuaries can perform their services and be compliant in addition to working with cloud technologies where the data is safe and compliant according to the regulations. Petra Wildemann gave examples of the complexity of the distributed data for different insurance lines. In particular, she pointed out the difficulty for the health insurance portfolios with respect to big patient data distributed in various third party locations. She gave expamles to underly the risk in the Health sector in the UK because data of individuals sell high in the darkweb and records of breaches in the health department are often reported as a high risk.


GDPR compliance is a complex undertaking that will impact every department, including legal, compliance, privacy, finance, and others. Therefore, organisations may need to integrate multiple technology solutions, as well as update internal processes and procedures, to comply.

9th Swiss Cyber Think Tank

“Cyber Risk & Insurability: A Holistic Approach to Cyber Risk”

Hosted by Microsoft and Optimity Advisors

25 January 2018

The 9th Swiss Cyber Think Tank (SCTT) was hosted by Microsoft and Optimity Advisors and took place at Microsoft in Wallisellen. I would like to thank both hosts for the organization and the commitment to our 9th Swiss Cyber Think Tank. The motto of this SCTT was “Cyber Risk & Insurability: A Holistic Approach to Cyber Risk”.

A warm thank you to our presenters Dr. Doron Zimmermann of PostMail, Dustin Ingalls, Daniel von Büren and SasaVidanovic of Microsoft, Alex Verboon and Tamás Szivós-Aradi of Swiss Re, Daniel Caduff and Dario Walder of the Federal Office for National Economic Supply FONES.

Microsoft presented the Core Principles of the Threat & Identity Management solutions. It is important to be ahead of those who do harm to technology and systems and to understand how criminals operate. This not only requires the understanding of the Internet of Things, but also of the complexity and the underlying security processes of the Cloud Technology. The presenters demonstrated the Intelligent Security Graph through the real-life scenario of an email with a criminal purpose entering the network. A use case demonstrated five key pillars of a modern security strategy: Identity, Threat Protection, Information Protection, Security Management and Intelligence and how it is important that all five pillars are part of the overall Cyber security strategy. The presenters also showed how people in Microsoft Cyber Defense Operating Center protect, detect and respond to cyber-threats in real time as well as how Microsoft Digital Crime Unit is helping fighting Cyber crime on a global level.

Dr. Doron Zimmermann presented the topic: “The Antagonists - the Risks of Insider Threats and Counter-Intelligence”. The generally underestimated spectrum of insider threats includes not only the near stereotypical disgruntled employee, but also increasingly espionage, embezzlement and sabotage. His practical examples illustrated the tangible reality of the insider threat. Self-satisfaction, willful ignorance and outright denial of the insider threat is ubiquitous and therefore problematic. The impact of the insider threat may well lie in the realm of trust and reputation damage; it is not all about money.

The presenters Daniel Caduff and Dario Walder from the Federal Office for National Economic Supply FONES presented the ICT Minimal Standards (for the power and food supply industries) which protect Switzerland from damage due to Cyber Risks. For both industries, the early detection of, resilience to, and reduction of cyber risks are important factors. The ICT Minimal Standards and the activities for a risk-based approach were shared with the audience.

9th Swiss Cyber Think Tank - Vortrag der Landesversorgung

ICT Minimal Standards

Be Ahead of your Enemy

Comment from Daniel Caduff: Excellent Swiss Cyber Think Tank @ Microsoft

Comment to the 9th Swiss Cyber Think Tank: “Cyber Risk & Insurability: A Holistic Approach to Cyber Risk”

"I have been to a number of Swiss Cyber Think Tank events. I am honored to have had the opportunity to host the October 2017 event, together with Microsoft.  These events are always very professionally planned and conducted by Petra Wildemann. The take-aways and the relaxed network discussions are very beneficial, and I am convinced that each and every attendee can learn a lot by attending the SCTT events, now and in the future. I am looking forward to the upcoming event, which will take place in Lausanne, at Vaudoise Assurance. I am very proud to have been invited. As Vaudoise was my very first employer in my professional career, it will be like a homecoming for me."

Martin Lampart

8th Swiss Cyber Think Tank

“Cyber Risk & Insurability: Economic Impact  / Market View and Loss Accumulation Scenarios”

Hosted by TransRe

26 October 2017

The 8th Swiss Cyber Think Tank (SCTT) was hosted by TransRe and took place at TransRe in Zürich. I would like to thank the host for the organization and the commitment to our 8th Swiss Cyber Think Tank. The motto of this SCTT was “Cyber Risk & Insurability: Economic Impact  / Market View and Loss Accumulation Scenarios”.

A warm thank you to our presenters Rhett Hewitt of TransRe, Daniel Schirat of AXPO, Martin Lampart of Optimity Advisors and Simon Dejung of Scor.

Rhett Hewitt presented one view of a reinsurer to the insurance market, with respect to claims and the latest modelling challenges. The problems of traditional Cyber Insurance claims are systemic, with numerous areas exposed to cyber-attacks. Modeling cyber-risks is a challenge, although there are solutions on the market.

In his presentation of the basic coverage for power supply, Daniel Schirato presented the project “Operational Technology” of the ICT Security department in order to give recommendations and directions to medium-sized companies in Switzerland. He presented the assessment tool for minimal standards, including an evaluation of insured risks.

Martin Lampart demonstrated that cyber-risks are not only the largest risks for enterprises in the upcoming five years, but also those which enterprises are not prepared for. He presented a real-life self-assessment process, which can be undertaken to enable companies to become GDPR-compliant with respect to the new EU regulation and the consequences for Swiss companies.

“The economic impact of cyber accumulation scenarios” is a document developed by the SVV together with several experts on the market from a number of insurers, technology and security firms. Simon Dejung presented the paper along with his view and interpretation. Several use-cases have been mentioned to express the views of regulators, brokers, airlines, hospitals and insurers, as well as of transportation and manufacturing firms. They all have in common that a power grid outbreak after a cyber-attack is critical to a business and everyone involved with it. Future discussions will include BI-effects, the complexity and costs of specific and non-specific attacks, and the declaration of cyber events and cyber warfare.

7th Swiss Cyber Think Tank

“Cyber Risk & Insurability: Minimum Standards and Potential Accumulation Loss”

Hosted by AXA-Winterthur

15 June 2017

The 7th Swiss Cyber Think Tank (SCTT) was hosted by AXA-Winterthur and took place at AXA-Winterthur in Winterthur. I would like to thank the host for the organization and the commitment to our 7th Swiss Cyber Think Tank. The motto of this SCTT was “Cyber Risk & Insurability: Minimum Standards and Potential Accumulation Loss”.

A warm thank you to our presenters Jeffrey Bholasing and Nienke Meester of KPMG, Umberto Annino of Infoguard, Roman Hohl of Palo Alto Networks, Stefan Walder of Staatsanwaltschaft Kanton Zürich and Dr. Carin Gantenbein of Zurich Insurance.

Roman Hohl presented industry trends in cyber-attacks on healthcare and insurance industries, which has grown to become a $1+ trillion industry. He highlighted changes in the identity of attackers as well as in the techniques they use. Healthcare facilities have complex IT environments with unique challenges and are a target industry, largely because health care records are worth ten times more than credit card records.

Information Security - “it’s a trap!” Umberto Annino said in his presentation, in which he discussed the security requirements from Safety and ICT Security to Cyber and Information Security. The critical assets and the risk appetite require a corporate shield for protection and recovery, with most corporations paying attention on Board and C-level to plan investments for protection in the Security process.

Stefan Walder presented Cyber Crime from the view of the Kantonspolizei making clear the seriousness with which they regard this topic and explaining the measures they are taking to combat it.

The regulation which lays down rules to protect personal data and to insure the free movement of personal data - GDPR compliance – was presented by Jeffrey Bholasing. GDPR uses a risk-based approach for data protection assessments and determining the obligation for data breach notifications.

Dr. Carin Gantenbein discussed cyber-insurance and the role of the government with respect to minimum standards, reporting and obligatory coverages for cyber incidents. Data theft and business interruptions together make up the majority of cyber-crimes. At this stage, only 2.5% of corporations are protected, mostly large ones. New government regulations could certainly increase this percentage, but she would not recommend obligatory insurance coverage, neither from an insurance nor from a macro-economic perspective.

6th Swiss Cyber Think Tank

“Cyber Risk & Insurability: The Role of the State”

Hosted by Swiss Re

15 March 2017

The 6th Swiss Cyber Think Tank (SCTT) was hosted by Swiss Re and took place at Swiss Re in Zürich. I would like to thank the host for the organization and the commitment to our 6th Swiss Cyber Think Tank. The motto of this SCTT was “Cyber Risk & Insurability: Cyber Risk & Insurability: The Role of the State”.

A warm thank you to our presenters Lutz Wilhelmy, Dr. Maya Bundt and Eric Dunand of Swiss Re, Christian Biener of University of St. Galen, and Marc Henauer of Melani.

Dr. Christian Biener presented his thoughts on Cyber Risk and the role of the state, pointing out the demand for risk coverage in a small insurance market caused by unresolved supply-driven insurability issues. He talked about the pros and cons of  state intervention, and what the role of the state could be.

Reasons for insurance regulation were presented by Lutz Wilhelmy, who discussed the public interest of insurance. Insurance contracts are intrinsically multilateral and prone to produce market failures, leading to the requirement for insurance regulation.

Marc Henauer presented the question of whether regulations and standards are the right tools and methods to protect the industry from cyber attacks, criminal or otherwise. The support of insurers for due diligence and international collaboration are important for the economy in general.

In several discussions in smaller groups, the participants discussed the role of the state from various points of view.

5th Swiss Cyber Think Tank

“Cyber Risk & Insurability: Risk Transfer”

Hosted by AIG and PartnerRe

6 October 2016

The 5th Swiss Cyber Think Tank (SCTT) was hosted by PartnerRe and AIG and took place at PartnerRe in Zürich. I would like to thank the host for the organization and the commitment to our 5th Swiss Cyber Think Tank. The motto of this SCTT was “Cyber Risk & Insurability: Risk Transfer”.

A warm thank you to our presenters Oliver Delvos of AIG, Scott Walker of NYA International, Petra Wildemann of Metabiota, Russel Kennedy of Brit Insurance, Michel Dacorogna of Nanyang University and from Partner Re: Markus Bassler, Catherine Rudow and Christopher McEvoy.

Petra Wildemann talked about the difficulty of mitigating cyber security risk in the absence of sufficient historical and financial data. She discussed the question of whether cyber-attacks are the biggest risk category that global business are unprepared for, and compared them to the global risks of pandemics with respect to data and models.

Is Cyber Insurance at a halfway mark? The question was raised by Oliver Delvos in his presentation, in which he talked about the integrated approach to cyber resilience from an insurance perspective. Cyber insurance is more than a policy, as premiums depend on the industry and the geography in which the insured party operates.

Christopher McEvoy and Catherine Rudow discussed the most exposed industries in the US, which are financial and healthcare providers, retailers, hospitality and the food supply industries. In the US, the focus is on data breach, whereas outside of the US, the focus is on Business Interruption coverages. At this stage, the Cyber Insurance market is mostly US business.

Markus Bassler discussed the interaction of Supply Chain and Business Interruption with respect to Cyber Risk. The more always-connected technology we have, the more we have to critically examine complex global supply chains. Greater vulnerability through globalization, targeting of critical infrastructure, cloud computing, and the demand for constant availability are critical challenges in underwriting cyber risk.

The panel sessions provided additional thoughts from experts in the audience.

4th Swiss Cyber Think Tank

“Cyber Risk & Insurability: A Walking Tour through Security Labs”

Hosted by NAGRA Kudelski Group

28 June 2016

The 4th Swiss Cyber Think Tank (SCTT) was hosted by Kudelski Security and took place at Kudelski Security in Lausanne. I would like to thank the host for the organization and the commitment to our 4th Swiss Cyber Think Tank. The motto of this SCTT was “Cyber Risk & Insurability: A Walking Tour through Security Labs”.

A warm thank you to our presenters at Kudelski Security under the lead of Andreas von Ow and Karl Zurbriggen.

“Creating the overarching framework for a cybersecurity program is a complex process. Our cyber advisors are experienced at guiding clients in strategy and governance. Combining industry vertical perspectives, cybersecurity knowledge, and business acumen, our experts provide clear, actionable advice that helps set strategic direction, define metrics, optimize compliance efforts, and support an agile governance structure.” (Kudelski’s strategy and governance)

In a variety of presentations and demonstrations of cyber security processes, the audience observed advanced labs and recent innovative developments to protect data against cyber-crimes.

3rd Swiss Cyber Think Tank

“Cyber Risk & Insurability: Risk & Insurability: Are We Prepared?”

Hosted by SCOR

19 April 2016

The 3rd Swiss Cyber Think Tank (SCTT) was hosted by SCOR and took place at SCOR in Zürich. I would like to thank the host for the organization and the commitment to our 3th Swiss Cyber Think Tank. The motto of this SCTT was “Cyber Risk & Insurability: Are We Prepared?”.

A warm thank you to our presenters Simon Dejung of Scor, Alexander Schmidl of Münich Re, Michel Dacorogna of Nanyang University, Petra Wildemann of FTI Consulting, Dario Tizianel of IBM, Umberto Annino of Infoguard, Eireann Leverett of University of Cambridge.

Simon Dejung presented the key issues and potential of cyber insurance, raising the key issues of the demand for good predictions, the need to raise awareness and the question of whether insurers are equipped to assess IT security. He pointed out that the interaction of IT Security and Cyber Insurers must be based on established practices in the same way as for health, car, fire and other traditional insurance covers.

From the standpoint of forensic research in cyber risks, Petra Wildemann gave an overview of the growth of cyber risks  and the costs of cyber-attacks, offering a comprehensive forecast for the coming ten years. Business Value and Financial Value depend on access to financial and business data in order to mitigate increasing cyber risks. This differs from traditional risk structures.

Cyber Risk from the “Engineering Line” perspective was presented by Alexander Schmidl. The IMIA Cyber Risk working group had already begun to discuss the risks arising from the storage, use, computation and/or transmission of electronic data. Traditionally, in engineering lines, cyber risk has been perceived as causing only non-physical damage, which can take the form of data theft or the corruption of data.

In a number of workshops and two panel discussions, the presenters and the audience discussed:

  1. The interface of IT Security and Insurance,
  2. The modeling of IT systems and infrastructure,
  3. The modeling and cat-scenarios on portfolios and
  4. Silent covers, white backs and stand-alone cyber covers.

2nd Swiss Cyber Think Tank

“Cyber Risk & Insurability:  The National Strategy for Switzerland’s Protection against Cyber-Risks”

Hosted by MELANI

19 January 2016

The 2nd Swiss Cyber Think Tank (SCTT) was hosted by MELANI and took place at MELANI in Bern. I would like to thank the host for the organization and the commitment to our 2nd Swiss Cyber Think Tank. The motto of this SCTT was “Cyber Risk & Insurability: The National Strategy for Switzerland’s Protection against Cyber-Risks”.

A warm thank you to our presenters Marc Henauer of MELANI and Petra Wildemann of FTI Consulting.

Petra Wildemann presented questions and discussion points concerning IT standards and security as well as the current issues raised by IT Forensic with respect to events and Cat topics for cyber risks. In her discussion, she raised the question of whether cyber clauses are a valid method for evaluating future cyber risks.

Switzerland is one of the countries with a national strategy to protect against cyber risks. Marc Henauer presented the logical framework of the NCS, with security measures for organizational structures. The strategy for cyber resilience is based on different levels, including prevention, reaction and continuity. MELANI has a Reporting and Analysis Center for Information Assurance, which is based on the MELANI Mandate and its Network and Partners, within Switzerland and abroad.

1st Swiss Cyber Think Tank

“Cyber Risk & Insurability: Managing Cyber-Risk Exposures”

Hosted by FTI Consulting

24 September 2015

The 1st Swiss Cyber Think Tank (SCTT) was hosted by FTI Consulting and took place at “Zunfthaus zur Waage” in Zürich. I would like to thank the host for the organization and the commitment to our 1st Swiss Cyber Think Tank. The motto of this SCTT was “Cyber Risk & Insurability: Managing Cyber Risk Exposures”.

A warm thank you to our presenters Petra Wildemann, Jerry McArthur and Dan Healy of FTI Consulting.

Managing cyber risks and insurability is the topic of the Swiss Cyber Think Tank. Petra Wildemann discussed the growth of the market and noted an increase of 40% in cyber security deals  in 2015. She gave an overview of cyber risks in the US and in Europe, where cyber attacks are considered among the top 5 risks globally. Cyber risk in the transport industry is a growth market for hackers. In particular, data and IT-systems in transport are difficult risk areas to measure. She gave examples of the airline industry, the marine business, and travel on ground by car and rail. The Internet of Things is new to millions of people who lack knowledge of the personal data they transfer. There is little awareness of the enormity of the potential for misuse of hacked information. The key question “Can we insure cyber-risks” is part of the Swiss Cyber Think Tank.

Dan Healy presented the incidence of cyber breaches within corporations. A concern is the awareness of data breaches on Management and Board levels. Answers to surveys sent to corporations illuminate the potential level of harm, whether deliberate or accidental. He pointed out that a company’s own employees are a major source of risk.

The Swiss Cyber Think Tank will work with their members to answer the following questions over the coming years:

  • –We constantly send data to different servers - but do we know where these servers are and who can access them?
  • –The more technology we have in place, the more vulnerable we become.
  • –Do we inadvertently open doors to criminal or non-criminal hackers?
  • –In any case, the key questions remain: Can we insure these risks? And what are our risk-modeling needs?
  • –We stand at the beginning of a long and difficult path, faced with a great deal of uncertainty.
  • –The insurance industry must carefully consider how it can overcome this uncertainty and prepare us for this new world.