Wednesday, December 14, 2016, The Lodge of Des Peres
A Panel Discussion on Cyber Security Presented by The Breach Education Alliance
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Here is your opportunity to ask questions and get answers about your Cyber Security. A panel of experts from several disciplines will be available to provide guidance.

We may be accustomed to hearing about cyber-attacks on large firms such as Target, Yahoo and even the federal government. However, data breaches and attacks are not just about the large organizations. Any business of any size can be at risk, but it can be daunting to know the most important steps to take. The Breach Education Alliance can help.

Cyber criminals are everywhere. Business owners can either do nothing and hope for the best, or prepare their organizations properly. The Breach Education Alliance is a group of experts in legal protection and compliance, forensic information security, insurance, reputation management and messaging, and IT infrastructure. They provide practical guidance on steps organizations should take to avoid, minimize, or respond to cyber threats and information security vulnerabilities. These subject matter experts share their expertise as speakers to trade groups, business associations and others who feel unprepared to respond to cyber-attacks.

They help you answer the following questions:

  • What are your legal requirements duties to protect sensitive business or personal information?
  • How do you protect yourself in agreements with vendors and others? What type of government enforcement should you know about?
  • What should you insist be included in your insurance policy? Are you familiar with exclusions and liability limits that exclude payments involving data breaches or other cyber intrusions? What precautions do you need to take to support coverage?
  • Do you have proper backup files and a plan for disaster recovery? Is your firewall in-place and updated with the latest threat prevention updates?
  • When an attack occurs what will you say to your stakeholders, the public and clients? How much will an attack damage your reputation? 


The Breach Education Alliance:

Reputation Management: For 25 years, Standing Partnership has helped organizations protect their reputations. With deep experience in crisis communications strategy, planning and management as well as digital marketing and communications strategies, Standing clients are typically in environments marked by change that has resulted in the market not seeing them in the way they'd like to be seen. This gap costs them in terms of regulation, litigation and reputation. IT Infrastructure: Datotel is a managed service company in St Louis providing small to medium sized businesses with IT support, security products and management of critical IT functions. Legal Protection: HeplerBroom LLC, traces its history to 1894 and has 150 attorneys in its offices located in Missouri and Illinois. The HBCyberGroup, applies its experience and knowledge to a wide range of cybersecurity, data breach and privacy protection legal issues, scaled to specific client needs, including: insurance coverage, legal duties under applicable federal and state cyber laws and regulations, compliance with industry protocols, emergency response strategies and communications, class action and other litigation defense, privacy protection, identity theft response, trade secret protection, computer fraud and tampering, contracting and payment practices, employment issues, product liability and the Internet of Things, contractor and vendor policies, company Information Security Policies, Response Plans & Procedures, and social media.

Forensic Information Security:

Parameter Security™ is an award-winning ethical hacking firm born out of the need to better protect our businesses, government, health care, financial and educational institutions as well as various organizations globally from vicious hackers. As Professional Ethical Hackers, we emulate the minds and motives of malicious attackers to test the security of your network and employees. We are a 3rd Party Independent services provider, agnostic to hardware, software and tools. Parameter is everything "hacking and security", providing network/web application assessments, regulatory compliance assessments (PCI DSS, HIPAA, GLBA and SEC, FISMA, CJIS, etc.), forensic investigation and breach response.

Cyber Insurance:

Celebrating their 50th Year, Lockton, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is the world's largest privately owned insurance brokerage firm. Lockton's success flows from its commitment "to provide the most uncommon results and service in the most common business". With some of the leading specialists in insurance, risk management, employee benefit consulting and retirement services, Lockton is dedicated to providing the highest level of expertise and service in increasingly complex industries. Lockton's teams take a holistic approach to understanding your unique business exposures, and partners with clients to develop risk transfer strategies that align with corporate directives and initiatives. Lockton's Global Cyber Practice developed one of the first broker proprietary cyber insurance policy forms underwritten by Lloyds of London and was a key stakeholder in the creation of the U.S.' first federal cybersecurity framework.  



Wednesday, September 7, 2016, The Lodge of Des Peres
The New World of Investing & Raising Capital, featuring Michael Sewell, Founder of Sewell Law


Join us for a presentation on THE NEW WORLD OF INVESTING AND RAISING CAPITAL brought on by The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) act. Attorney Michael Sewell of Sewell Law will walk us through The principal parts of the act (including crowd funding) and explain the new opportunities for private companies to acquire investors and for investors to have new investing opportunities.

Private U.S. companies raise approximately $2 trillion annually in investment capital. That's 1.5 times the amount raised annually by public U.S. companies on the national securities exchanges. Yet few Americans know anything about the private investment market. For good reason. From 1933 to 2015, it was illegal for all but the wealthiest 5% of Americans to invest in private companies. That is changing with the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act.

Under the JOBS Act, anyone can invest in private companies. Billions of dollars are currently being raised under the JOBS Act, which is the start of a long term paradigm shift in how companies raise capital.


Michael Sewell has practiced law in Missouri for more than a decade. He has litigated more than 100 cases in federal, state and municipal courts and represented clients in mediation and arbitration. He has also formed more than 100 limited liability companies. Michael formed Sewell Law in January of 2015, to provide professional legal services in the areas of litigation, business formation and equity and debt crowdfunding.

Prior to practicing law, Michael Sewell led strategic planning and market development for multi-billion dollar corporations like SuperValu, Save-A-Lot, Ltd., D'Arcy Advertising, Burger King and Maritz.

Michael Sewell holds an MBA from Lindenwood University, and a law degree from St. Louis University School of Law.  
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