John Farley, Author at Insurance Thought Leadership



John Farley

John Farley

John Farley is a vice president and cyber risk consulting practice leader for HUB International’s risk services division. Based in Chicago, HUB International is a leading North American insurance brokerage that provides a broad array of property and casualty, life and health, employee benefits, reinsurance, investment and risk management products and services through offices located throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Farley is based in New York City and brings 23 years of risk consulting experience to the firm. While working at HUB International, Farley has performed a variety of cyber risk consulting services for clients across many industries, including healthcare, retail, financial services, higher education and information technology companies. He serves as a resource for pre-breach planning and post-data breach response in network security and privacy liability consulting. In this role, he applies extensive knowledge in data breach response best practices and works diligently with clients to achieve optimal results in cost mitigation.

Farley acts as a central coordinator between all parties involved – the client, insurance carriers and any outsourced service provider hired, including IT forensics experts, privacy attorneys, public relations firms, call center operators and other breach response service providers.

Farley also facilitates online access to HUB International’s e-Risk hub. This online database serves clients’ educational needs in the ever-changing network security and privacy risk environment. In addition, Farley provides client training that helps them forecast potential loss costs related to a network security event.

He is a regular speaker at educational seminars on multiple network security and privacy liability challenges facing organizations today. Areas of focus are HIPAA, payment card industry data security standards, FERPA, government threat sharing initiatives, regulatory compliance and data breach notice requirements at the state, federal and international levels.

Farley has a bachelors of arts degree in English and a minor in business management from Manhattan College. In addition, he has received his associate in claims (AIC) designation.

Recent Articles by John Farley

New Cyber Threat: Cryptojacking

It seems that with every advancement in technology a new threat vector is born. This theory holds true as we begin to embrace the world of cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrencies have emerged as an alternative means for financial transactions, while the value of a single Bitcoin cryptocurrency rose to $20,000 in late 2017. Hackers took notice and […]

Cyber Threats: Big One Is Out There

Approximately a year after the zombie malware Marai took some major websites off-line for much a day, cybersecurity researchers recently identified a potentially more potent threat called Reaper. Experts warn that Reaper has the capability to take down the entire internet. Marai Zombie Malware In late 2016, an online infrastructure firm called Dyn was the […]

Aggressive Regulation on Data Breaches

Below is an excerpt from John Farley’s new book: “Online and Under Attack: What Every Business Needs To Do Now To Manage Cyber Risk and Win Its Cyber War.“ The Internet of Things Every one of us lives in a brave new connected world. For most of us, our first foray into the online world […]

When Hackers Take the Wheel

Operator errors, driving under the influence, and product defects have long been blamed for catastrophic accidents in the transportation industry. However, recent headlines revealed how cyber risk has emerged as a new and disturbing threat to airlines, railways, auto manufacturers and ocean cargo carriers. Those in the transportation sector have embraced the “Internet of Things” […]

Hacking the Human: Social Engineering

Virtually every business relies on a network to conduct its daily operations. This often involves the collection, storage, transfer and eventual disposal of sensitive data. Securing that data continues to be a challenge for organizations of all sizes and across multiple business sectors. Social Security numbers, W-2 forms, payment cards and intellectual property have significant […]

Cyber Threats and the Impact to M&A

As investment bankers and their lawyers pore over the details of a potential corporate merger, a new and troubling issue has emerged that could affect the terms of the deal, or even derail it. Cyber risk is now a top agenda item, not only for deal makers but for shareholders, regulators and insurance companies. While assumption […]

Has an International Cyber War Begun?

Cyber attacks were once on the periphery of American business consciousness. That mindset changed over the past two years. A series of devastating events, including the 2014 cyber attack against Sony, catapulted cyber liability concerns from an IT department issue to a major priority for boardrooms across America. As U.S. government officials concluded that North […]

Why Credit Monitoring Doesn’t Work

Chances are you have received a letter stating that your personal data may have been compromised. Perhaps you were one of the 80 million people with an Anthem health insurance plan. Maybe you were one of the 21 million current or former employees of the federal government, or you could have been one of the […]

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