Travelers Institute Hosts Boston Cyber Symposium

Travelers Institute Hosts Boston Cyber Symposium

Symposium panel participants (l-r): Richard Lord, President and CEO, Associated Industries of Massachusetts; Hope Aldrich, President and CEO, Eastern Insurance Group LLC; Moderator Joan Woodward, President, Travelers Institute, Executive Vice President of Public Policy, Travelers; Robert Rivers, Vice Chairman, Eastern Bank Corporation, President & COO, Eastern Bank; and Michael Echols, Director, Joint Program Management Office, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Donald Anderson, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, speaks at Travelers Institute’s Small Business-Big Opportunity symposium.

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The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc., held its Small Business – Big Opportunity℠ symposia series in Boston on October 19, focusing on cyber security for small and midsized businesses. The event was held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, in partnership with Eastern Insurance Group LLC and the Associated Industries of Massachusetts.

The event convened government and industry professionals in a panel discussion on cyber risks and other small business concerns, including access to capital and business continuity planning.

“Small and midsized businesses may not have the same resources as larger companies to monitor and address cyber threats, exposing them to attacks that can disrupt their business,” said Joan Woodward, President of the Travelers Institute and Executive Vice President of Public Policy at Travelers. “Education and awareness are important in helping business owners protect their operations as cyber risks continue to evolve.”

The keynote address was delivered by Donald Anderson, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

The event also featured a panel discussion, moderated by Woodward, who was joined by the following participants:

  • Michael Echols, Director, Joint Program Management Office, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Hope Aldrich, President and CEO, Eastern Insurance Group LLC
  • Richard Lord, President and CEO, Associated Industries of Massachusetts
  • Robert Rivers, Vice Chairman, Eastern Bank Corporation; President & COO, Eastern Bank

The Travelers Institute launched Small Business – Big Opportunity in 2011 to address small business challenges, including access to capital, business continuity planning and cyber security.

The next Small Business – Big Opportunity symposium will be held in St. Louis on December 1. Click here for more information.