Cyber Stars

SOV-stars

We all know that Vermont’s captive regulators epitomize the Gold Standard the state embodies when it comes to captive insurance domiciles. Dave Provost, Sandy Bigglestone and the captive team at Vermont’s Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) are considered objectively as the best in the business. One reason for their star status is their desire to keep learning and moving ahead with the industry as it evolves. Being highly knowledgeable experts requires active learning.

This week, VCIA coordinated a ½ day educational session with the captive team from DFR (along with many of their colleagues from traditional insurance, banking and securities) on the subject of cybersecurity. VCIA board chair Heather McClure and Lynn Sessions from the law firm of Baker Hostetler lead the session on cyber liability, threats that create cyber exposure, regulatory scrutiny giving rise to claims and best practices when responding to these events. The goal of the session was to instill a depth and breadth of cyber knowledge in the Vermont staff that will be another benefit for Vermont captives.

Heather’s day job is executive director of operations at OU Physicians, and she is a licensed attorney in Oklahoma and Texas with an LL.M. in Health Care Law. She is also the Chief Operating Officer of OU Physicians’ captive professional liability insurer, Academic Physicians Insurance Company, which covers approximately 750 faculty physicians, 700 resident physicians and 700 medical students at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Lynn is a leading privacy and data protection attorney with Baker Hostetler with over 22 years of involvement in the healthcare industry. She has handled nearly 400 data breaches and over 100 regulatory investigations.  She was awarded a Burton Distinguished Writing Award at the Library of Congress for her article, “Anatomy of a Healthcare Data Breach.”

These two highly experienced professionals provided the DFR team with actual cyber liability claims and data breach responses, and provided a forum to ask questions of a leading privacy and data protection attorney and an insured who has experienced cyber incidents first hand.  The audience asked great questions and dug deep into what cyber policies should include and how best to regulate them for the good of the captive. Seeing this it is not hard to understand why Vermont remains the Gold Standard!

I look forward to hearing from you.

Rich Smith
VCIA President

Its spring… so let’s party

 

2017-spring-mixerVCIA hosted a Board meeting and our Spring Mixer at the beautiful Hotel Vermont this past Wednesday night. We had a great turnout and a great evening outdoors with friends from the VCIA community.

At the board meeting, I provided an update on our activities since the beginning of the year and reported on legislative activities VCIA is heavily involved with at the State and Federal levels. Ian Davis, the newish Director of Financial Services for Vermont’s Department of Economic Development gave what I would call “the first 100 days” report and thanked all in the industry who have welcomed him and provided guidance and support. We all look forward to working with Ian going forward!

Dave Provost and Sandy Bigglestone from Vermont’s Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) hosted a Q & A with members where they covered topics ranging from the provision in the newly enacted updates to Vermont’s captive statute that allows agency captives to be licensed, to how quickly we might see a captive licensed for the emerging marijuana industry – just a hint: not that soon.

Then it was cocktail hour (or so) with our members, old and new, on the outside patio of the hotel Vermont overlooking the lake – a perfect way to end a busy day!

I look forward to hearing from you.

Rich Smith
VCIA President