Risk Management Conference on Cybersecurity and International Sports Governing Bodies

Risk Management Conference on Cybersecurity and International Sports Governing Bodies organised by the AISTS, Marsh, Kessler and XL Catlin. 

As major sporting events continue to become more and more digital on and off the field, cybersecurity becomes even more important.  No matter what code you follow, teams and events face remarkable cyber-threats from criminals.  Hackers see profit in information in relation to business strategies, insights into a team’s and events sponsorship and partner deals, and also a substantial amount of personal credit card data from online sales.  Some of the risk areas include:

  • stadium system hacks
  • scoring system hacks
  • entry manipulation
  • athlete care hacks
  • transportation hacks

This seminar will shed light on the topic of cybersecurity for sporting bodies and provide information on how to mitigate risks for all stakeholders involved. 


18:00 – 18:20      
Welcome - Claude STRICKER (AISTS)

  • Marsh network by Kessler Insurance Brokers - Sylvain ZUBER (Kessler)
  • XL Catlin insurance company - Michael RUESCH (XL Catlin)
  • Cybersecurity a concern for tomorrow’s sports event? - Patrick VAJDA (Marsh)

18:20 – 18:50       
Keynote Presentation - Martin DION (Kudelski Security)
Cybersecurity and International Sports Events, followed by Q&A with audience

18:50 – 19:10        
The viewpoint from the field - Various International Federations 

19:10 – 19:40        
What are the answers of the insurance world including Case Study by Pascal CLERC (Kessler), Luc VIGNANCOUR (Marsh) and Marion CLARET (XL Catlin).

19:40 – 19:55        
Q&A / Discussion
Moderator: Claude STRICKER, (AISTS)

19:55– 20:00        
Conclusion/Closing Remarks - Francois Carrard
Former Director General of the International Olympic Committee and former Chairman of the FIFA Reform Commission

20:00 – 21:30       
Cocktail Reception + networking

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François Carrard, former Director General of the International Olympic Committee and former Chairman of the FIFA Reform Commission

A Doctor of Law from the University of Lausanne, François Carrard was admitted to the Bar 1967, when he joined the firm of Carrard & Associés. He specialised in sports law and acted as Director General of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 1989 to 2003. He is regularly involved in international arbitration proceedings, including before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and various chambers of commerce. He was also Chairman of the FIFA 2016 Reform Committee.

Pascal Clerc, Finiancial Lines Specialist, Kessler & Co

Pascal joined Kessler in February 2008 as a Financial Lines Specialist (D&O, PI, Crime, PTL, K&R) based in Lausanne. He is in charge of designing, implementing and managing Financial Lines solutions and programs for national and international organizations. In 2015, Pascal decided to specialize in the cyber insurance. Pascal holds an MBA degree from Monash University.

Martin Dion, Vice-President, Head of Advisory Services, Kudelski Security

Martin is the current Vice-President, Head of Advisory Services at Kudelski Security. He brings two decades of Corporate Security experience in government, public safety, financial, banking and insurance sectors. Prior to joining Kudelski Security in 2012, Martin held numerous leadership roles, including Head of IT and Corporate Security at MIG Bank (acquired by Swissquote Bank), Director of Strategic Consulting and Board Member at SecureIT SA, and Chief Technology Officer and CSO at Above Security. In these functions, Martin developed deep expertise in Governance and Compliance, Operational Risk Management, Information Security and Business Continuity. Martin studied business administration at HEC Montreal, Operational Risk Management at Kaplan University in Chicago, attended an executive education program at Harvard University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Criminology at the University of Leicester.

Marion Rollandy-Claret, Underwriter, International Financial Lines, Switzerland, XL Catlin

After obtaining a law degree, Marion started her insurance career at Zurich Insurance in 2009. Two years later she joined XL Catlin in Paris, France as a financial lines underwriter before moving to XL Catlin’s Swiss underwriting team in Zurich in 2015. Marion specializes in professional indemnity and cyber insurance and is a member of XL Catlin’s international cyber underwriting expert panel.

Michael Ruesch, Switzerland Manager, XL Catlin

Michael started his insurance career at Winterthur Insurance and joined XL in 1997, where he held various underwriting and management roles with a wide geographical remit, including the UK, Ireland, Asia, Australia, France, Italy, Iberia and Latin America. Michael has extensive intercultural experience acquired in the different positions he has held within the company. Most importantly, he spent more than two years in XL's Singapore office where he experienced not only the local business culture of this fast-growing country first hand but also the ambition and dedication of women working in the dynamic Asia Pacific region. Michael holds a professional degree in Private General Insurance with a specialisation in aviation, as well as a degree in business administration with a minor in finance. He recently completed a Master's degree in Applied Psychology, Leadership and Management.

Claude Stricker, Executive Director, AISTS

Claude is the Executive Director of the AISTS since 2002. Before joining AISTS, Claude was Professor in management of information systems at the Swiss University of Applied Sciences and research associate at EPFL. Claude has extensive experience in sport as an athlete and coach: as a skier, he competed in FIS international alpine ski races during ten years and participated in three Winter Universiades. For over fifteen years he coached ski teams and served as technical director Swiss ski associations.

Patrick Vajda, Senior Consultant, Marsh

Patrick was closely involved in the organisation of the risk management team for the Olympic Games at Albertville 92, Barcelona 92, and 11 other Olympic Games in a row until Sochi 2014. Since 1994. he is one of the IOC’s consultants on risk management and insurance. He is also the insurance advisor for several international federations and national sport bodies.

Luc Vignancour, Cyber & Crime Practice Leader, Marsh

In 2004 Luc joined MARSH where he is responsible for the development of financial risks such as Cyber Risks and Fraud. He is the initiator of the cyber practice in 2010 and has developed MARSH's expertise in this field. Luc is an active member of the Clusif (French Information Security Club) and regularly contributes to various working groups and conferences on cyber risks

Sylvain Zuber, Head of International Business, Kessler & Co

Sylvain has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry at the national and partly international level. Sylvain is responsible for managing and developing all lines of business for multinational companies and international sports federations, including the management of financial lines (PI, Crime, D&O, cyber, etc.) advisors in charge to design and implement international and national programs.

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