October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. As part of our efforts to raise awareness, the Resilience team will be sharing stories all month long about how we got involved in cyber insurance and what awareness means to us. Today we’re chatting with Sean Gremillion, Vice President of Underwriting for Resilience Insurance.
In college, I initially enrolled in organizational leadership but Illinois State University has a nationally recognized insurance and risk management program so I joined that as well. After graduation, I joined a firm with an underwriting-focused early career development program and had a choice of three different business units, one of which was E&O (Errors & Omissions) which contained cyber and tech E&O. I really loved the dynamic of the E&O team and as a kid I always had a passion for computers and technology. You could say there was overlap between my personal interests and what I studied that led me to cyber insurance.
I’m technical and I enjoy staying current on the cybersecurity landscape so I can provide a high level of service to my brokers and insureds. If I do my job well and understand the field of cybersecurity and cyber insurance, my relationships are stronger and my brokers will keep coming back to me. I also enjoy the personal aspect of insurance in general, the building and developing of relationships.
For me, I immediately think about the “internet of things” and anything that gets connected to the network - so your smart home devices, your computers, your Alexa, your mobile phone, your refrigerator, all of those things. If something is getting connected to an externally facing network, it definitely needs to be protected.
I think that cybersecurity awareness is huge because the bad actors don't always just target large businesses and corporations, they will target individuals as well. No matter who you are, or what type of company you are, you need to take cybersecurity seriously. It’s important to make sure that we are all aware of the different threats and how to handle them everyday in either a professional or personal capacity.