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Travelers Institute Teams Up with the Economic Club of Canada to Promote Cybersecurity for Businesses


TORONTO--(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™ symposia series for small and midsize businesses and organizations. Co-hosted by the Economic Club of Canada, the event will convene thought leaders to share strategies for creating a cyber-smart workplace.

“It is important for employers and employees to recognize potential cyber scams, which are becoming more sophisticated and difficult to detect,” said Joan Woodward, President of the Travelers Institute and Executive Vice President of Public Policy at Travelers. “Small and midsize businesses are particularly vulnerable. By better understanding the risks, they can take the appropriate steps to protect their private information.”

Sophie LaPointe, Director of Operations at the Economic Club of Canada, said, “Today’s cyber risk environment is very challenging for businesses. We are pleased to work with the Travelers Institute to help educate companies about creating a strategy to help prevent and recover from a cyber intrusion.”

The keynote address will be delivered by Michael Echols, CEO, International Association of Certified ISAOs (Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations). He is also the former Director, Joint Program Management Office, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The event will feature a panel discussion, “Tackling Evolving Cyber Threats,” moderated by Woodward. In addition to Echols, panelists will include Victor Beitner, Founder and CEO, Cyber Security Canada, and David Clark, Senior Claims Counsel, Major Case Unit, Specialty Insurance, Travelers Canada.

The Travelers Institute has held its Cyber: Prepare, Prevent, Mitigate, Restore™ educational initiative across the United States since 2016, and expanded the series to Canada this year with a launch event at the Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta’s annual convention.

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