The AXA cyber security conference: it’s all about the data

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Jennifer Recine

December 1, 2016

NEW YORK – AXA, a leading financial protection company, held its first cyber security conference in New York City on October 20, 2016. 

The all-day conference, which took place during National Cyber Security Awareness month, brought together leading cyber security talent from a variety of companies and included an executive discussion on the importance of information security at the C-suite and Board levels for large multinational companies with Mark Pearson, Chairman and CEO of AXA US and Mary Prabha Ng, Chief Information Security Officer, AXA US. 

“Cyber security is something we take very seriously at AXA, and we recognize the importance of having a global strategy in place to deal with potential threats,” said Mark Pearson.  “It is crucial for organizations to be constantly thinking about how to build digital resilience, and this conference creates a valuable information forum for experts to share their guidance and best practices.” 

“Much too often, cyber security can get lost in technical jargon,” said Mary Prabha Ng.  “Ultimately, it is the people that keep our environment secure- they are our first line of defense.” 

Panelists spoke to a wide array of issues, including cyber protection frameworks in the United States, exploring the ways in which an organization should seek to protect itself and its customers from a security breach internally and while working with third-parties.  International considerations were also addressed, with Lisa Sotto, Esq. (Hunton & Williams) noting that “data is like water – not constrained by country boundaries, and flowing in every open spot -- we must account for that global nature.”

Speakers repeatedly highlighted the importance of creating and improving a cyber-response plan in the panel titled “A Security Breach: Now What,” which explored significant aspects of breach response and what must be considered when filing a cyber-insurance claim with an insurer.  The conference closed with a panel discussion focusing on the cyber security litigation and regulatory landscape.

We invite you to watch the conference highlight video for additional insight and to hear from many of the panelists and speakers. 

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About AXA

“AXA” is a brand name of AXA Equitable Financial Services, LLC and its family of companies, including AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (NY, NY), MONY Life Insurance Company of America (AZ stock company, administrative office: Jersey City, NJ), AXA Advisors, LLC, and AXA Distributors, LLC. In business since 1859, AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company is a leading financial protection company and one of the nation’s premier providers of life insurance and annuity products distributed to individuals and business owners through its retail distribution channel, AXA Advisors, LLC (member FINRA, SIPC) and to the financial services market through its wholesale distribution channel, AXA Distributors, LLC (member FINRA, SIPC).

AXA S.A. (also referred to as “AXA Group”) is a Paris-headquartered holding company for a group of international insurance and financial services companies, including AXA Equitable Financial Services, LLC companies. AXA S.A. is a worldwide leader in financial protection strategies and wealth management with 103 million clients in 64 countries as of Dec. 31, 2015. AXA S.A. has been ranked the No. 1 insurance brand in the world by Interbrand for eight consecutive years as of Oct. 5, 2016.

The obligations of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company and MONY Life Insurance Company of America are backed solely by their claims-paying ability. Find AXA on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn. For more information, visit  

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