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076 Effectively Tackling Cybersecurity Threats: An Interview with Libby Benet – Part 1 of 2

In this episode, Christina Martini and Libby Benet discuss: 

  • The scope of the cyber security problem that businesses face today. 
  • The main threats that drive cyber breach losses. 
  • The greatest sources of cyber threat over the last 12-18 months. 
  • How cybersecurity depends on employees and members of all levels of a business. 


Key Takeaways: 

  • Thousands of businesses are impacted by cyber breaches every year – and may don’t even know it. 
  • Cybersecurity is a team effort at all levels.  
  • It is surprisingly easy to perpetrate cybercrimes. 


“All employees of a company are responsible. Employees are both a good first line of defense, and also a source of attacks.” — Libby Benet 


About Libby Benet: Libby is currently the President of Cyber Secure Work Inc., a cybersecurity, privacy and insurance consulting practice located in Maryland. She has been in the insurance and reinsurance industry for over 30 years. Libby spent time at Beazley Insurance Group as the US Lead Treaty Underwriter for specialty lines products including cyber liability. Prior to that, she held various senior treaty underwriting positions managing professional lines, employment practices and cyber liability with General Reinsurance Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway Company. She has also worked for Zurich in primary underwriting of various property and casualty products. In the mid 1990’s, Ms. Benet became a licensed Maryland Attorney and worked in private practice. She served as Chair of the Emerging Issues Committee of the Torts and Insurance Practice section of the ABA. She is a member of the Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Board of Directors. Through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Libby is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP US) and certified as a Privacy Information Manager (CIPM). 


Episode References: 

“Into the Web of Profit. Understanding the Growth of the Cyber Crime Economy” – Dr. Michael McGuire 

Cost of a Data Breach Study – IBM Security Report 

Cybersecurity Framework – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 


Connect with Libby Benet: 


Email: LBenet@Assured.Enterprises & 

LinkedIn: Libby Benet 


Connect with Christina Martini: 


Twitter: @TinaMartini10 


LinkedIn: Christina Martini 





Show notes by Podcastologist: Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie 


Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You’re the expert. Your podcast will prove it. 

About the author, Christina Martini

For nearly 25 years, Christina (Tina) Martini has been an intellectual property attorney practicing in BigLaw. Tina is a partner at the law firm McDermott Will & Emery and focuses her practice on domestic and international trademark and copyright law, as well as domain name, Internet, social media, advertising and unfair competition law.

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