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Risk Matters X.0 Podcast

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Risk Matters X.0 is a podcast focused on understanding how risk affects us today and into the next decade. Join us as we talk all things risk and why it matters to the people, businesses and industries that sustain our world.

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Episode 9: Cyber Risk Series - From the Hacker's Point of View: What does cybersecurity look like from the opposition's point of view? With a long background in pen-testing and extensive experience in security research and programming, Weston Hecker is a professional "white hat" hacker at Mission Secure, a firm focused on control system cybersecurity. He is currently working on a major university research project with the Department of Homeland Security on 911 emergency systems and attack mitigation. In this episode, Weston shares insights into hacking oil rigs and how he's found cyber vulnerabilities in popular software and firmware systems from some of the world's leading technology companies. Listen and learn why organizations working in the offshore oil and gas and maritime sectors must confront cyber as a growing threat to operations.

Episode 8: Cyber Risk Series - Hacking the Ship: 20 to 30 seconds. That's how long it takes cyber professional Ewan Robinson of Yangosat, a UK-based satellite communications supplier, to hack into your ship. "It's still very easy—the systems are still exposed. That's one of the things we're trying to bring to people, [the awareness of] just how exposed they are without knowing it." "No system is an island," adds host and cybersecurity executive Ian Bramson. Robinson is a white hat hacker, an ethical computer hacker who understands how easy it is to access a vessel's communications systems and disable, disrupt and potentially destroy your shipping operations. Listen now as we discuss the imminent threat of hacking maritime vessels.

Darrell Barker (left) and Ben Harrison (right) investigating incidents onsite.

Episode 7: Catastrophic Risk Series - Beirut Explosion : How have major industrial incidents, transportation accidents, terrorist attacks and natural disasters changed our understanding of risk? The ammonium nitrate explosion (AN) in Beirut, Lebanon, has brought recent public awareness to this topic. In the first installment of our Catastrophic Risk Series, host Matt Mowrer seeks answers from ABS Group's Extreme Loads and Structural Risk division, which tests blast effects to understand how we can make buildings safer and more resilient to withstand disasters. Incident investigators Darrell Barker and Ben Harrison share what we know about AN and what we can learn from catastrophic incidents to improve awareness and better manage risk.

Episode 6: Cyber Risk Series - Superyachts: High ROI Targets for Hackers: Sleek showstoppers at sea, superyachts are privately owned luxury vessels with the latest and most advanced technology systems, making them a prime target for cyber attackers to exploit. In this episode, Ian Bramson takes a closer look at this unique cyber environment with experts from luxury technology provider Van Berge Henegouwen (VBH) and its cyber partner, Atlas Cybersecurity. Listen now to Goran Antonijevic, Business Development Manager at VBH, and Ben Dynkin, co-founder of Atlas Cybersecurity, share their insights on superyacht cyber risk.

Episode 5: Government Series - COVID-19 Business and Legal Issues with Reed Smith: What is a business's responsibility for the general health and safety of its employees? Matt Mowrer, director of the Product Development and Innovation Center at ABS Group, talks with labor and employment partner Mike Correll from Reed Smith about COVID-19 business and legal issues. As organizations return to work spaces, "there's going to be litigation about people who get sick, and there's going to be much more dangerous litigation about a failure to take appropriate steps after someone gets sick," Correll says.

Episode 4: Cyber Risk Series - American Institute of Marine Underwriters: "The best loss is the loss that never occurs – whether that is a cyber incident or traditional marine peril-based loss like a grounding or collision. Premiums reflect loss experience, so with fewer losses you're going to pay a lower premium." - John Miklus, President of American Institute of Marine Underwriters (AIMU). Is cyber risk covered in your marine insurance plan? How does the insurance industry define cyber risk? Listen as Ian Bramson, global head of Cyber Security, talks cyber in the insurance space with AIMU's President.

Episode 3: Cyber Risk Series - Emergency Response and Facility Security Perspectives: "In emergency management, does cyber security have a role? Absolutely. The real question is will you realize it soon enough before you have an emergency inside of your emergency." After responding to eight major Gulf Coast hurricanes together as facility security officers, Bryan Markland of Lucite International shares current cyber insights with intelligence professional and veteran Brian Shajari, a cyber security assessor at ABS Group. Revisit our first episode to hear how the government is responding to cyber risk.

Government risk analysts Jake Stenzler (left) and Matt Mowrer discuss how we perceive hazardous risks during the pandemic.

Episode 2: Government Series - Risk Perception and COVID-19 Impact: Let's talk 'Risk Perception' as we confront COVID-19. Go behind-the-scenes to understand how risk professionals look at public safety threats using real-life data to debunk common fears. "Our goal is to provide objective data about risk to if I come across as callous in this discussion, it's just part of it," - Restart Risk Model developer Matt Mowrer speaks to host Jake Stenzler, who leads a team of safety and risk analysts working closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and the Coast Guard.

Brennan, Miletello and Bramson at USCG Sector New York at historic Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, February 27, 2020

Episode 1: Cyber Risk Series - United States Coast Guard: Let's talk 'cyber risk.' What is it and what does the threat landscape look like today? Host Ian Bramson, head of cyber security at ABS Group, takes on a topic that's created a lot of confusion over the last 20 years. In this episode, he sits down with Lieutenant Commander Sarah Brennan and Emily Miletello, Attorney, at the U.S. Coast Guard to ask how the government is monitoring cyber risk as a threat to operations and how we can stay informed.


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