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Salient’s Blanton Speaks at ITA LIVE on Cybersecurity Challenges for Insurers

Staff Writer | April 12, 2015

Salient Commercial Solutions announces that Janeen Blanton will speak at the Insurance Technology Association’s (ITA) inaugural event, ITA LIVE, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The topic is “Security – Protect and Serve.” The presentation will be on Tuesday April 14, at 8:30 a.m.

Blanton, vice president of Salient’s commercial operations, also heads the company’s insurance productivity services group and has worked in the insurance industry for more than 20 years. She will report the findings of a study conducted by Salient in which a group of insurers allowed ethical hackers to attempt to penetrate their networks.

Along with these results, Blanton and co-presenter Thomas Dunbar, chief information risk officer for XL Group, will discuss the importance of a holistic cyber risk management stance as well as some of the most important technical and business aspects companies should be addressing.

“The first step to combating cyber threats is to understand your risk,” says Blanton. ”We wanted to show insurers what our ethical hackers could do and then challenge them to consider the damage that someone with malicious intent could inflict upon their company’s data and reputation. With that advanced security knowledge in hand, they are able to take a proactive stance against a constantly evolving and persistent threat.”

Jim Daggett, executive director of the ITA says “I am very excited about the security program Salient has put together for ITA LIVE. The results of the ethical hacking on a group of volunteer insurers will provide the industry with a glimpse at how best to protect their data.”

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