LOS ANGELES – August 15, 2011— The chairing panel of the NetDiligence® West Coast Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum comprises individuals from organizations that play leading roles in identifying, preventing and mitigating the risks associated with cyber security and mishandling of private information, said Tom Hagy, CEO of HB Litigation Conferences, co-producer of the forum.

The panel comprises Ben Beeson with the Global Technology and Privacy Risks Practice, Lockton Companies LLP; Brad Gow, Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd.; Anne De Vries, Digital Risk Managers, a division of Wells Fargo Special Risks, Inc.; and Christopher Novak, Verizon Business – Investigative Response, Hagy said.  They will guide the presentations and discussions of more than 30 experts and thought leaders on this important topic.

“The recent ‘NetDiligence® Cyber Claims’ study, based on insurance industry policy settlements for data breach events, put an average cost at about $2.4 million per event,” said Mark Greisiger, President of NetDiligence®, a leading cyber risk assessment company serving the cyber liability insurance industry, and co-producer of the program.  “Cyber security mishaps, including the mishandling and use of private data, are among the top often devastating threats impacting companies, individuals, governments and other organizations today,” said Greisiger. “With everything from accidental leaks of non-public information that result in a privacy class action lawsuit, to the intentional harvesting of data posted on social networks the risks are growing, global and often very costly.”

The NetDiligence® West Coast Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum will be held October 4-5 at the Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, Calif.

The program is designed for corporate risk managers, Chief Financial Officers, insurers, information security technologists, lawyers and insurance brokers seeking to learn more about how companies may be found liable for a data breaches that may trigger class actions; what risk control measures, standards and safeguard practices are reasonable and prudent; where many companies are weak; how to assess e-risk and recognizing if a breach has occurred; investigating an incident; incident response plans; and the value of privacy risk insurance coverage.

For more information contact HB Litigation Conferences by phone at (484) 324-2755 x212, by email at, or by visiting the “Conferences” section of HB’s website at  Press passes are available.