Here’s what’s happening in and around the industry:

Pittsburgh Firm Earns ISO 27001

Pittsburgh-based Advanticom announced on Wednesday that its Information Security Management System (ISMS) has fulfilled all requirements to earn certification against the ISO 27001:2013 standard. ISO 27001:2013 is the global gold standard for information security.  It’s published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the world’s largest developer of international standards.

Advanticom’s audit and certification were issued by A-lign, an ISO/IEC 27001 certification body accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board to perform ISO certifications. The company’s scope for the accreditation was the following:

  • IT Service Management
  • Managed Services, Including 24/7 Service Desk
  • Systems Engineering
  • Solutions Architecture
  • Project Management

Advanticom’s President and CEO, Brian Conboy, commented, “This will be a requirement to operate on any company’s IT systems. It’s a moral and professional responsibility for a vendor.  Operating on client’s IT systems without ISO or SOC2 is like practicing medicine without a degree.  We wouldn’t trust our loved ones to an amateur. We should have the same due care for the IT systems that keep thousands employed.  Organizations have the right to work with a vendor who is responsible, serious, and investing in critical systems, processes, and training. Our clients tell us that they don’t want to explain to their boss or board why they worked with a partner who did not take IT security seriously. I think we can all understand that perspective. Many vendors claim to be security conscious. Very few have invested in the people and processes to be certified.”

For more information, visit the Advanticom website

Vote Begins for Efma-Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards

Voting has opened for the second Efma-Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards, which will recognise the most innovative distribution and marketing projects developed by insurance companies in five continents.

This year, Efma and Accenture received 219 innovations from 143 institutions in 38 countries. An expert panel has selected a shortlist of nominees for awards in five different categories, including:

Connected Insurance or Ecosystems

  • Achmea (Netherlands) – Homies
  • Qover (Belgium) – Qover
  • Covéa (France) –
  • Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co. (Japan) – Sharing medical information on blockchain
  • Europ Assistance Group (Italy) – Bag-Track
  • USAA (USA) – Digitizing the Life Insurance Claims Process

Customer Experience and Engagement

  • Bradesco Seguros (Brazil) – Consultation through Telemedicine
  • Generali (Italy) – Digital Agent
  • Groupama Assicurazioni (Italy) – MyAngel
  • AXA Group (France) – AXA Sure
  • Union P&C Insurance (China) – Home Protector for Travelers
  • The Dai-ichi Mutual Life Insurance Company (Japan) – New app ‘Healthful Dai-ichi’ for better quality of life

Intelligent Automation

  • Travelers (USA) – Unmanned Aerial Systems Program
  • Allianz France (France) – Allianz AI Sales Smart Mentoring
  • InShared (Netherlands) – Predictive Profiling and Pricing
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance (USA) – Insurance Advisor
  • Mapfre (Spain) – APPCOL
  • Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co. (Japan)– artificial intelligence-assisted Claim Document Recognition System

Best Disruptive Product or Service

  • Slice (USA) – On-demand insurance for the on-demand economy
  • Médis (Portugal) – Enhancing Omni Channel by adding interactive TV commerce
  • Allianz France (France)  – Allianz Véhicules semi-autonomes (VSA)
  • KBC Insurance (Belgium) – Trust Your Digital Documents
  • Kasko (UK) – Insurance distribution platform
  • InsureApp (Netherlands) – InsureApp

Global Innovator of the Year

  • Allianz (Germany)
  • Generali (Italy)
  • AXA Group (France)
  • Bradesco Seguros (Brazil)
  • Discovery (South Africa)
  • Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance (Japan)
  • USAA (USA)
  • Munich Re (Germany)

Efma members and non-members have from 20 March to 31 March 2017 to visit the awards website ( and vote for the short-listed entries in the Customer Experience & Engagement, Intelligent Automation, and Connected Insurance & Ecosystem categories. Entries must be rated on a scale of one to ten according to three criteria: originality and game-changing potential; expected long-term impact and return on investment; and adaptability for different markets and countries.

The winners of each category will be revealed during the Innovation in Insurance Awards ceremony at the Efma Insurance Summit London (, which will take place in London, UK on 26 April 2017.

International Risk Management Conference

The IRMC Conference will be held in Florence, Italy June 12-14, 2017.

The conference will bring together leading experts from various academic disciplines and professionals for a two and a half days conference including three keynote plenary sessions, four parallel featured sessions, a special topic session and a professional workshop. The conference welcomes all relevant theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions.

To learn more about the conference, visit the IRMC website

Risk & Insurance Management Society Annual Conference & Exhibition

RIMS, the risk management society™, has opened registration for RIMS 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition, the world’s premier risk management and insurance industry event. Scheduled for April 23 – 26 in Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center, the four-day event will feature more than 160 educational sessions, 400 exhibitors and is expected to draw more than 10,000 professionals. Visit to register.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Derreck Kayongo – RIMS General Session – Monday, April 24
  • Allison Massari – Awards Luncheon – Monday, April 24
  • Michael J. Fox – RIMS Conference Finale – Wednesday, April 26

New this year are the following program additions:

  • EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TRACK – The Executive Leadership Track is designed for senior professionals tasked with driving strategy throughout their organizations. These high-impact education sessions will be delivered by world-leading business thinkers and strategists.
  • NEW EDUCATION CATEGORY – The newTechnology and Risk” session category will focus on technological innovations – such as 3D Technology, Driverless Cars, Space Technology, Wearable Technology, the Internet of Things and others – that keep business leaders up at night.
  • RIMS RISK MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARDS BREAKFAST – The newest RIMS award and honor, The Risk Manager of the Year Award and Honor Roll, will be presented at this Tuesday morning breakfast. In addition to the awards, the breakfast will feature a lively panel discussion lead by industry superstars. Tickets are limited.
  • WELLNESS ZENter – Located centrally in the Marketplace Exhibit Hall, this designated area will offer attendees helpful tips, education sessions and other amenities to make their RIMS 2017 experience a healthy and productive one.

For questions about registration, contact or U.S. callers can call +1-866-538-3858, international callers +1-847-620-4473.

For questions about exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities at RIMS 2017, contact Matt Whyte at or (212) 655-6052.

Educational sessions are confirmed for RIMS 2017.  Confirmed speakers who have questions may contact

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