Articles - AON continues as Data Privacy Day Champion


As part of its work to serve clients on the issues of increased cybersecurity safety and awareness, Aon Risk Solutions, the global risk management business of Aon plc, today announced that it has, once again, become a Champion of the National Cyber Security Alliance’s Data Privacy Day.

  As a Champion, Aon recognizes and supports the principle that organizations, businesses and governments all share the responsibility of being conscientious stewards of personal information by respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.
 Data Privacy Day, observed annually on Jan. 28, is an international awareness effort to encourage Internet users to consider the privacy implications of their online actions and motivate all companies to make privacy and data protection a greater priority. Aon joins the growing movement among organizations, corporations, educational institutions, government entities and municipalities globally to raise awareness and educate consumers about how their personal information may be collected, the benefits and risks of sharing personal information as well as the nature and scope of online data usage. Through collaborative efforts and unified, consistent messaging about data privacy, all Data Privacy Day Champions will work toward the goal of improving consumer consciousness and empowering individuals to safeguard their privacy.
  
 “Aon’s cyber team assists clients with a myriad of requirements that businesses face when handling certain employee, customer and vendor information in the U.S. and globally,” said Jesus Gonzalez, Aon Risk Solutions’ vice president of network and cyberrisk insurance programs. “This often involves assisting clients in developing a comprehensive cyberrisk insurance placement that complements their enterprise-wide security program.”
  
 Gonzalez added, “While IT departments can address many cyber threats, including zero-day vulnerabilities, malware, and denial of service attacks, through technology; and corporate leadership teams can incorporate ‘top shelf’ incidence response plans through well-documented operations, a proactive defense in depth strategy places an equal emphasis on the people factor.”
  
 “Ultimately, it is everyone’s responsibility to improve their digital hygiene. Everyone, from the chief executive to the college graduate to the summer intern, is well advised to place personal information at the top of the importance pyramid and understand that the risk threatens not only a company’s security but their own.”
  
 Spearheaded by the National Cyber Security Alliance, Data Privacy Day began in the U.S. and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day recognition in Europe. January 28 commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty addressing privacy and data protection.
  

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