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NAIC Cybersecurity Model Law Academy

Offered monthly on Wednesday-Fridays in three four hour CPE events

New cybersecurity risk management regulations for insurance companies are here.

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) approved Insurance Data Security Model Law and the State of New York in March 2017 placed into effect Section 500 of Title 23 of the Official Compilation of Codes.

"Computers, software, programming and algorithms are all parts of a cybersecurity risk program, but it is the interaction with the 'humans' that makes all the difference in world."

NAIC's model law requires insurance organizations to have everything from information security program policies to incident response plans to specific breach notification procedures. Insurance organizations will also have to certify compliance to state insurance commissioners annually. Now that NAIC's model law is heading for adoption, it is important to learn how it might apply to your organization and what you can do now to start preparing for compliance.

This event focuses on describing the effective components of a modern cybersecurity risk management program. The attendees will be prepared to start the evaluation of an existing program. They will then be able to discuss with senior management, the audit committee, and the board of directors how to proceed in improving cybersecurity risk management. We consider five main components of an effective risk management program: data, control implementation, verification, breach preparedness and risk management.

This comprehensive training course is for anyone who wants to have a strong base of knowledge and understanding of the essentials of cybersecurity risk management program.

This timely, three morning CPE online training is designed for the project director, project leader and individuals who have to create effective cybersecurity program and the related documents for an insurance organization. Each attendee will go home with a set of 35 documents that were used to create the academy.


Each attendee will receive 12 CPE Hours (YB). A certificate of completion will be provided.

The retail cost of this CPE event is $645.00 for each attendee.

Program Level of Understanding: Basic
Prerequisites: None
Advance Preparation: None
Delivery Format: Group Internet Based
NASBA Field(s) of Study: Auditing, Information Technology
CPE Credits: 12, based on 50 minutes of instruction per hour

CPE Event Highlights

We will cover the elements of an effective cybersecurity program:

  • What are the NAIC goals with this Act?

  • How does this Act compare to New York State Regulation Section 500?

  • Which organizations fall under the Act's provisions?

  • What is the definition of "cybersecurity event".

  • What is contained in an "Information Security Program".

  • What is nonpublic information under an information security program?

  • What is "publicly available information"?

  • How do you approach creating a cybersecurity risk assessment?

  • What are the eleven enumerated security measures?

  • What does continuous monitoring mean?

  • What Board of Director's oversight is required?

  • What certification is required?


Learning Objectives

Attendees will:

  • See how cybersecurity is an evolving art.

  • Understand risk assessment from the cybersecurity viewpoint.

  • Have examples for the minimum standards.

  • Know the components in an effective information security program.

  • Have an approach to controls at third party providers.

  • Have a example incident reporting and notification plan.

Key Issues on the Agenda

Introduction and Overview

  • About Us and About Your Instructors

  • Who are You?

  • What are Your Needs?

  • What is "Cybersecurity"?

  • This is War!

  • Myths!

  • Key Players in Cyber Risk Standards

Section 1 - Concepts and Definitions

  • What is "Information Technology"?

  • Risk Appetite

  • Risk Tolerance

  • What is an "Information Security Program"?

  • What is "Non-Public Information"?

  • The NAIC's 12 Principles of Cybersecurity

  • SIFMA Principles of cybersecurity Regulation

  • Insurance Data Security Model Law by Section

  • New York State Section 500

  • Comparison of NAIC to Section 500

Section 2 - Initiating the Improvement of an Information Security Program (ISP)

  • NAIC Model Law Section 4a - Implementation of an ISP

  • SLCA - Creating the Appropriate Environment

  • Where did the "Current State" come from?

  • How good is our Risk Assessment?

  • NAIC Model Law Section 4b - Objectives of an ISP

  • What questions do you start with?

  • Cyber Threats by the Numbers

  • NAIC Model Law Section 4e - Oversight by the Board of Directors

  • Key Principles of Cyber Risk Oversight per the NACD

  • NAIC Model Law Section 4f - Oversight of Third-Party Service Providers

  • NAIC Model Law Section 4h - Incident Response Plan

Section 3 - Define the Problems and Opportunities

  • The Effects of "Moore's Laws"

  • SLCA - Program Management

  • The Usual Suspects - cybersecurity Issues . Measuring the Maturity of Internal Controls

  • Internal Breaches

  • External Breaches

  • Business Alignment Issues

  • Governance and Leadership Issues

  • Extended Ecosystem Issues

Section 4 - Deep Dive into The Issues

  • NAIC Model Law Section 4e - Oversight by the Board of Directors

  • Mission Statement - Explicit Values - Business Model . Ethics

  • Authorized Individuals

  • User Access and Passwords

  • Desktop Management

  • Email Management

  • Mobile Device Management

  • "WiFi"

  • Cyber Attacks

Section 5 - The Effective Information Security Program Management

  • NAIC Model Law Section 4g - Program Adjustments

  • How do we manage the Program?

  • Project Scoping

  • Governance

  • Cybersecurity Domains

  • Resources

Section 6 - The Information Security Program

  • NAIC Model Law Section 4d - Risk Management

  • Strategic Management Elements

  • Tactical Management Elements

  • Operational Management Elements

  • Data Assets

  • Security Policies

  • Physical Security Items

  • Personnel Security Items

  • System & Application Items

  • NIST System Security Plan Standards

  • System & Software Life Cycle

  • Configuration Management

  • Training & Awareness Program

  • System Documentation

  • Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity

Section 7 - Review The Effectiveness

  • Business Objective - Risks - Controls . NAIC Model Law Section 4g - Program Adjustments

  • NAIC Model Law Section 4i - Annual Certification

  • What is Effectiveness?

  • The InfoSec Maturity Model

  • FFIEC Cybersecurity Assessment Tool

  • Maturity Levels of the Internal Controls

  • Inherent Risk Profile

  • Technologies & Connection Types

  • Online & Mobile Products & Technology Services

  • Organizational Characteristics

  • Inherent Risk Profile

  • The Five Risk Response Domains

  • How is your Cybersecurity IC Maturity?

  • Cyber Risk Management & Oversight Domain

  • Threat Intelligence & Collaboration Domain

  • Cybersecurity Controls Domain

  • External Dependency Management Domain

  • Cyber Incident Management & Resilience Domain

  • Innovative - Advanced - Intermediate - Evolving - Baseline Levels

  • Cybersecurity Inherent Risk & IC Maturity Relationship

  • Management Assessment Results

  • Certification & Accreditation Program

Section 8 - Incident Response to a Cybersecurity Event

  • NAIC Model Law Section 4h - Incident Response Plan

  • Who is on the "Team"?

  • Key Layers of Management's Response

  • What are the "Goals" for the Team?

  • The Skills - The World Class Response Team

  • Preparation

  • The Observe - Orient - Decide - Act (O.O.D.A.) Methodology in Detail

  • Incident Response Procedures

  • SANS Institute "Jumpbag" Recommendations

  • Post-Event Recommendations

Section 9 - SOC for Cybersecurity - AICPA Standards and Guidance

  • AICPA's Three Key Components

  • AICPA - SOC for Cybersecurity Resources

  • Difference Between Cybersecurity and Information Security

  • AICPA Objectives

  • Three Reporting Levels - Entity - Service Provider - Supply Chain

  • Two Sets of Criteria

  • Cybersecurity Program Descriptive Criteria

  • Cybersecurity Program Control Criteria

  • Trust Services Approach to COSO 2103

  • Trust Services Additional Points of Focus within COSO 2103

  • Trust Services Supplemental Criteria

  • Components of the Cybersecurity Report

  • Management's Description

  • Management's Assertion

  • The Practitioner's Opinion

Section 10 - Summary and Wrap-Up

  •  "Information Security Program" Defined

  •  "Reactive" or "Proactive"

  •  Your Keys to Success!