IRM Switzerland Regional Group Conference

Helen Yu, a Global Top 10 thought leader on Cybersecurity to speak on 26 November 2019 at IRM Switzerland Regional Group and Business Continuity Institute (BCIS) collaborated half day conference at Brasserie Lipp, Zurich 

By Martin Tang, Chairman of IRM Switzerland Regional Group.

On 26 November 2019, IRM and BCIS join to collaborate on our first joint conference. I have known Susie Ansary-Smith, Chairwoman of the BCIS, for some years now and this collaboration is a natural progression for us. Both our houses are so looking forward to it.

We are also delighted to have Helen Yu as our opening keynote speaker at the conference entitled “Cybersecurity, Cloud, Cyber Insurance, Courage and Clout: What Enterprise Business Must Know About the Future.

Helen is CEO of Tigon Advisory, Chicago, USA. Helen’s thought leadership and global reputation precede her. She is ranked in the Global Top 20 in some 10 categories, including “Top 10 Global Thought Leader on Cybersecurity”, “Top 15 Global Thought Leader on Cloud”, Top 20 Global Thought Leader on Digital Transformation” & “Top 5 Global Thought Leader on Artificial Intelligence”. By Thinkers360.

Helen’s keynote is “How to Get CyberFit? Make Plans, Not Assumptions.” Her approach to Cybersecurity is notable for protecting organizations while accommodating vigorous business growth. She specializes in helping companies understand the cyber-threat landscape, apply the US NIST framework (or other) to identify and assess risk, improve defenses, develop manageable action plans and, most critically, create cyber-risk awareness across non-technical workforces.

Described as “a rare combination of intellect, work ethic, and compassion often not found in C-level executives,” Helen has led multibillion-dollar revenue growth and profitability for early-stage startups, pre-IPOs and Fortune 500 enterprises –including Oracle, Adobe and Marketo.

Our second keynote is Michael Jordan, Distinguished Engineer @ IBM Z, who will speak on “Encryption everywhere: A cybersecurity imperative. Prepare your data before a cyberattack: Own your data before someone else does.”

Our third keynote is Caspar Tobias, of AIG Insurance. Caspar is an IT Specialist and Risk Engineer and will present the Insurance Industry perspective, with a keynote speech on “cyber Insurance Claims: Trends and Insights.”

There will then be a 60-minute extended panel discussion with the keynotes and panelist, Marcel Zumbuehl, CISO of Swiss Post Group.

I shall be delighted to moderate the conference. Following the content side, we shall enjoy a networking apéro riche in the Jules Verne Panorama Bar, with picturesque 11th floor views over Zurich.


To find out more about the IRM Switzerland Regional Group click here.


Registration. This is an IRM and BCIS members event, with a limited number of places available for non-members paying GBP 50 admission fee. For more information on the conference and to register please click here

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Helen Yu, CEO of Tigon Advisory, Chicago, USA commented:

“I am honoured to keynote at the upcoming Institute of Risk Management Switzerland half day conference in Zurich on 26 November 2019. From my discussions with Martin Tang, Chairman of the IRM Switzerland Regional Group, I came away impressed with the impact IRM has made to the risk management profession with over 6,500 global members.  Martin’s global risk management expertise attracts top influencers to speak and offers relevancy to professionals who are looking for practical advice.”


Martin Tang, Chairman of IRM Switzerland Regional Group commented: 

“I am delighted and humbled that Helen is coming to the IRM Switzerland as our keynote. Few thought leaders have been ranked in the global Top 20, in so many different categories, as Helen has. We look forward with anticipation to hearing her recommendations on how to move on the graduated path from Cyber insecurity, to cybersecurity and to cyber resilience and to learn Helen’s views on what the future holds.

Switzerland is a leading domicile for global large corporates and there is ever-mounting interest within our membership in cybersecurity. Many of the questions are the same and keep constantly changing with continuously evolving new attack vectors and new technologies. What is best practice today is soon out of date tomorrow. Two of IRM’s four annual risk management events are focused on cybersecurity and with our choice of keynotes and panelists, we hope to make a contribution, as corporates strive to move from cybersecurity to Cyber resilience.

I also express my deep thanks and appreciation to IRM’s sponsors, AIG Switzerland and IBM USA, who made this conference possible. Both sponsors are leaders in their respective fields.”


In December 2018, IRM launched a new IRM Certificate in Digital Risk Management, with the first examinations taking place in November 2019 for this 9-month program.

By offering this new qualification, IRM aims to help expand and increase specialist knowledge in the cyber risk management field and give employers the ability to identify the most qualified candidates in the dynamically expanding cyber job market.



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