Do you even know what cyber risk is? More importantly, do you know how to protect your confidential client records, servers, building drawings and plans and other digital assets? The AIA Trust with its partner-provider, Victor O. Schinnerer & Company Inc., have developed a number of resources, including an upcoming webinar, to enable your architectural firm to assess your cyber risks. In addition, you’ll learn about the digital protection protocols that you need to put in place to ensure your firm’s future.
Get Ahead of Cyber Risk Webinar
AIA members can participate in this webinar to learn how to get ahead of this issue and avoid the professional and business liability implications of this increasing digital threat. Architecture firms of all sizes are seeing an increase in cyber-attacks that can include hackers taking control of your servers, criminals tricking you into paying false invoices, even having your digital records held for ransom.
Participants will learn more about what other architectural firms are doing to address these risks, how to minimize a data breach and manage a data breach that may occur. The seminar is pre-approved for continuing education credit and participants may obtain 1 hour of HSW credit through the AIA. To register and obtain handouts for the webinar, please visit the AIA Trust Webinars page.
Schinnerer’s Senior Vice President and Professional Liability Leader, Jill Tellez, ARM, will share her expertise on the various protocols that firms should consider. Jill has held leadership positions with CNA and Hartford involving professional and cyber liability lines and served on the insurance task force to the White House on “Securing the National Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Terrorism.”
In addition, Brad Benjamin, AIA, LEED AP bd+c, an architect with more than 18 years of experience and founding partner at Radium Architecture, will share his views on how architects can proactively protect their firms. Brad is currently serving as an AIA Trustee and the 2017 President of AIA South Carolina.
Cyber Risk Kit
Evaluating your business exposure to liability is a key risk management strategy that every architect needs to address. Finding your way through the information and risks posed to your firm is difficult at best and confusing most of the time.
To assist you, Schinnerer has created a Cyber Risk Kit to help you evaluate the tools and develop a stronger risk management position for your firm, simply click here: http://schinnerer.com/aecyber/. Check back for additional resources and information to be added in the future.
Because the AIA Trust and Schinnerer recognize that architectural firms may not be prepared with the latest cyber protection devices, we have assembled a program that includes comprehensive policy coverage and recommendations to enable your firm to withstand future cyber aggression. The program includes:
- Short and simple questions to get you to a quote and a policy.
- A bundle of coverages to protect your architectural firm from various types of digital crime, such as:
- Unauthorized electronic funds transfers
- Telephone toll fraud
- Cyber extortion
- Deceptive transfer.
- Broad coverage to address issues of privacy liability, payment card history, website media liability and regulatory compliance.
- Breach rectification coverage to get your firm back on track as quickly as possible. This coverage includes business interruption and digital asset loss and gives you access to a data breach team.
Cyber Risk Article
To read more about how cyber risk may adversely affect your firm if not protected and why a digital security strategy is critical, click here.
BIM Me Up, Scotty: Navigating Risk in Digital Practice addresses issues regarding how to manage risks in digital practice and looks at risk assessment and the risk sensitive areas of the BIM process. Authored by James B. Atkins, FAIA and Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, this white paper examines from control of the model to the standard of care based on current industry practices and includes a BIM Execution Checklist as a guide.
The A-B-C’S of E-Data: A Discussion Related to the Issues Raised By Electronic Information is a white paper by Jannea S. Rogers, Esquire that discusses a different kind of digital risk. While few firms proactively manage their electronic data, it is important to understand how the rules of discovery affect what must be produced in the event of litigation. Hidden metadata in your electronic documents can divulge information detrimental to your firm. This paper offers AIA members steps to help your firm ensure appropriate protocols and minimize risk.