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NWCDC 2017: A Chance to Share Your Knowledge

Apply now to be a presenter at the 2017 National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.
By: | January 30, 2017 • 2 min read

The 26th annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo returns to Las Vegas later this year with a new technology breakout session track added to its lineup of presentations.

Don’t miss an opportunity to speak at the conference, known as nation’s top meeting event for work comp professionals. Presenting at the event requires submitting proposals before the March 3rd deadline.

Applications to speak are available now on the conference website.

After taking place in New Orleans last year, the 2017 conference will be back at Las Vegas’ Mandalay bay December 6-8.

In addition to the conference’s five existing session tracks, the new track presents an expansion of conference program offerings and promises to help employers and other workers’ comp professionals learn about the technology shaping claims management and insurance arrangements.

Just as NWCDC has done in the past with its other tracks for breakout sessions, the conference prioritizes speaker and panel proposals that include employers as presenters. We will prioritize speaker submissions for the technology track in the same manner.

NWCDC attendees have let us know that they don’t like sales pitches. They prefer case studies with employers and other claims payers demonstrating the strategies they have successfully applied and the outcomes they experienced.

While presentations that are merely sales-pitch type product demonstrations are discouraged, technology demonstrations that are part of an overall claims payer’s strategy are welcome and will receive consideration for the technology track.

We are also open to evaluating proposals discussing expectations for future technological innovations.

The latest technology used to manage claims and insurance are not the only topics NWCDC needs panels and individual speakers to address during breakout sessions.

The conference’s other breakout session tracks include Claims Management, Disability Management, Legal/Regulatory, Medical Management and Workers’ Comp Program Management. Regardless of the track, the emphasis should be on helping worker’s comp payers solve claims challenges. Yet there is room for other topics, such as analysis of any trends impacting care of injured workers.

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Employers, vendors, attorneys, medical providers, regulators and other workers’ comp professionals are all invited to apply to speak.

We are eager to review proposals that focus on new, innovative strategies that reduce injuries and costs. But risk managers, workers’ comp managers, and disability managers are also welcome to share their unique experiences adopting time-proven practices at their companies.

Non-occupational disability strategies, including those that integrate solutions for workers’ comp challenges and other drivers of employee-absences, are also welcome.

Anyone wishing to discuss their speaker proposal ideas before submitting them can contact Roberto Ceniceros, conference chair, at 208 957-8705 or at [email protected].

Roberto Ceniceros is senior editor at Risk & Insurance® and chair of the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference® & Expo. He can be reached at [email protected] Read more of his columns and features.

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Cyber Threat Will Get More Difficult

Companies should focus on response, resiliency and recovery when it comes to cyber risks.
By: | April 19, 2017 • 2 min read
Topics: Cyber Risks | RIMS

“The sky is not falling” when it comes to cyber security, but the threat is a growing challenge for companies.

“I am not a cyber apocalyptic kind of guy,” said Gen. Michael Hayden, former head of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, who currently is a principal at the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy.

Gen. Michael Hayden, former head of the CIA and NSA, and principal, The Chertoff Group

“There are lots of things to worry about in the cyber domain and you don’t have to be apocalyptic to be concerned,” said Hayden prior to his presentation at a Global Risk Forum sponsored by Lockton on Sunday afternoon on the geopolitical threats facing the United States.

“We have only begun to consider the threat as it currently exists in the cyber domain.”

Hayden said cyber risk is equal to the threat times your vulnerability to the threat, times the consequences of a successful attack.

At present, companies are focusing on the vulnerability aspect, and responding by building “high walls and deep moats” to keep attackers out, he said. If you do that successfully, it will prevent 80 percent of the attackers.

“It’s all about making yourself a tougher target than the next like target,” he said.

But that still leaves 20 percent vulnerability, so companies need to focus on the consequences: It’s about response, resiliency and recovery, he said.

The range of attackers is vast, including nations that have used cyber attacks to disrupt Sony (the North Koreans angry about a movie), the Sands Casino (Iranians angry about the owner’s comments about their country), and U.S. banks (Iranians seeking to disrupt iconic U.S. institutions after the Stuxnet attack on their nuclear program), he said.

“You don’t have to offend anybody to be a target,” he said. “It may be enough to be iconic.”

The world order that has existed for the past 75 years “is melting away” and the world is less stable.

And no matter how much private companies do, it may not be enough.

“The big questions in cyber now are law and policy,” Hayden said. “We have not yet decided as a people what we want or will allow our government to do to keep us safe in the cyber domain.”

The U.S. government defends the country’s land, sea and air, but when it comes to cyber, defenses have been mostly left to private enterprises, he said.

“I don’t know that we have quite decided the balance between the government’s role and the private sector’s role,” he said.

As for the government’s role in the geopolitical challenges facing it, Hayden said he has seen times that were more dangerous, but never more complicated.

The world order that has existed for the past 75 years “is melting away” and the world is less stable, he said.

Nations such as North Korea, Iran, Russia and Pakistan are “ambitious, brittle and nuclear.” The Islamic world is in a clash between secular and religious governance, and China, which he said is “competitive and occasionally confrontational” is facing its own demographic and economic challenges.

“It’s going to be a tough century,” Hayden said.

Anne Freedman is managing editor of Risk & Insurance. She can be reached at [email protected]