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Cyberhedge article published in Journal of Cyber Policy

Cybersecurity: today's most pressing governance issue: Cyberhedge article published in Journal of Cyber Policy

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Ryan Dodd: We downgraded SolarWinds to “high risk” 12 months ago. Here are the details behind it.

Here are 3 of the many reasons why our ratings model downgraded SolarWinds to the High risk group (1-2-Star) in January 2020

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Kevin Dougherty: 2020: a year defined by more than one virus

Four critical issues defined cyber governance in 2020, and will likely continue to dominate the strategic agenda for enterprise leaders.

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Ryan Dodd: 2nd Gen Cyber Ratings: A necessary evolution

A recent post titled “Security Ratings: Love, Loathe or Live With Them?” posed some important questions for the cyber ratings industry and more broadly for companies, investors and regulators with an interest in better understanding the downside risks of digital transformation.

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Cyberhedge: Technology and financial services companies are critical infrastructure too

This third installment in our series centers on one technology company and one financial services company. Both MarketAxess (MKTX) and Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) serve as critical financial infrastructure in the digital age but have different track records on cyber / technology governance.

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Cyberhedge: Cyberhedge ratings accurately predict ransomware attacks

A few weeks ago we highlighted how cyber governance has been a market difference maker for companies across all sectors since the pandemic. Here is the difference knowing good versus bad digital transformation has made over the last four years: $100 invested in the Russell 3000 four years ago is worth $148.

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Cyberhedge: Are companies in your portfolio successfully managing their digital transformation strategies?

The pandemic is showing that knowing the answer will improve investment returns. But choosing the right sectors is not enough. Outperformance comes from predicting winners and losers within sectors. Cyberhedge can help. Knowing the right questions to ask about technology before the pandemic hit is why the Cyberhedge Cyber Governance Indices outperformed the market by 19% in the US and 41% in the EU in 1H2020.

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Cyberhedge: Cyberhedge Indices outperformance in 1H2020 offer proof that cyber governance matters more than ever amid COVID‑19

COVID‑19 has impacted different industries in different ways. For example, it has affected domestic travel differently from financial services. But companies within the same sector have performed very differently in the past few months—with some significantly outperforming their peers while others underperformed. According to our analysis, cyber governance—the measure of how well a company manages its technology risks relative to the risks it faces as a result of increasing digitization—provides an explanation for this differential.

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Cyberhedge: A Case Study in Cyber Governance: Pitney Bowes

Is it implemented its wide-sweeping digital transformation strategy, Pitney Bowes had three priorities to consider — top-line growth, cost savings, and cybersecurity — but it only chose to prioritize two, leaving vulnerable its newly expanded threat surface. Company leadership only realized the impact of this error after having to announce two incidents, which reflect poorly on the brand and its technology management.

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Cyberhedge: The data behind "It's not if…but when"

For the first time, there is actual data to support the premise, “It’s not if… but when,” and perhaps more importantly, “Has it already happened?” Verodin provides companies with important proof points to pinpoint and better manage areas of cyber risk, while Cyberhedge models quantify this cyber risk in financial terms — all before a hack occurs.

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Ryan Dodd: Another hack leads to market losses. Time for more ‘activist’ behavior from asset managers

Another hack leads to market losses. Time for more ‘activist’ behavior from asset managers. Demanding improved cyber governance is one example how asset managers can fulfil the FCA’s value for money rules. The customer data breach reported by Marriott International on 30thNovember stands out as one of the most noteworthy security incidents of 2018, even in a year that saw serious incidents suffered by British Airways, Facebook, Uber, and many other household names.

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Volume 2: September 2019

Cyberhedge Research: Volume 2: September 2019

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Cyberhedge: Capital One Financial

Capital One’s loss of customer data is another example of the increasing (not so hidden) costs of corporate “Digital Transformation” strategies. Capital One was a market leader in creating operational efficiencies with technology to lower overhead costs. A more detailed analysis, however, suggests the company didn’t re-invest enough of the cash it generated from technology savings back into making its network and cloud more secure.

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Volume 1: May 2019

Cyberhedge Research: Volume 1: May 2019

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Ryan Dodd: Why is Cyber Risk So Difficult to Manage? Companies Are Too Focused on the Threat

Why is cyber risk managed differently from other major risks companies face? Energy companies don’t spend outsized budgets on hedging risk from swings in energy prices. Well managed energy companies spend their money to extract more value of their existing assets, ensuring profitability in any price environment. Likewise, shareholders of manufacturing companies expect a larger percent of annual budgets to be spent improving process and profits, not insuring and protecting the factory grounds.

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