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Travelers Institute Brings National Cybersecurity Series to San Francisco


New cybersecurity guide for small and midsized businesses will be released

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV), today will host its Cyber: Prepare, Prevent, Mitigate, Restore℠ symposium in San Francisco at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center. Cybersecurity professionals from the public and private sector, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will discuss how businesses can protect themselves against increasing cyber risks. The event will be co-hosted by the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, the City and County of San Francisco, TechRepublic, ZDNet and the UC Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy.

“Cyber crime poses a significant business threat, particularly for small and midsized companies and organizations that typically do not have the resources to adequately respond to a security breach,” said Joan Woodward, President of the Travelers Institute and Executive Vice President of Public Policy at Travelers. “Education is critical in raising awareness and sharing best practices for securing a company’s network.”

“There isn’t an industry or individual who isn’t challenged with cybersecurity these days,” said Nicola Corzine, Executive Director, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center. “The Center is proud to host this critical educational symposium that will help businesses and organizations better prepare to respond to cyber incidents.”

At the event, Woodward will introduce a resource guide developed by the Travelers Institute titled Empowering organizations to tackle evolving cyber threats: A cybersecurity guide for small and midsized businesses. The guide draws on the expertise of Travelers cyber risk professionals to offer safeguards for improving cybersecurity, and is available on

Bill Detwiler, Managing Editor of TechRepublic, will deliver the keynote address on “The Internet of Things: Understanding and Managing Your Cyber Risks.” Elvis Chan, a Supervisory Special Agent in the San Francisco Field Office of the FBI, will participate in the panel discussion “Tackling Evolving Cyber Threats,” moderated by Woodward with the following panelists:

  • Edward Chang, Second Vice President, Cyber Risk Management, Bond & Specialty Insurance, Travelers
  • Alexa King, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, FireEye
  • Joe Voje, Chief Information Security Officer, City and County of San Francisco

The Cyber: Prepare, Prevent, Mitigate, Restore℠ series is held across the country. Visit the Travelers Institute website for details and a calendar of upcoming events.

About the Travelers Institute

The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc., engages in discussion and analysis of public policy topics of importance to the insurance marketplace and to the financial services industry more broadly. The Travelers Institute draws upon the industry expertise of Travelers’ senior management, as well as the technical expertise of many of Travelers’ underwriters, risk managers and other experts to provide information, analysis and solutions to public policymakers and regulators. Travelers is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business. For more information, visit

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