Press Release

Mosaic joins policy, tech, finance leaders at inaugural GW cybersecurity forum

May 9, 2023

Hamilton, Bermuda—Mosaic’s Co-CEO Mitch Blaser and Global Head of Cyber Yosha DeLong led expert panels at an inaugural forum of government and industry cybersecurity leaders hosted by George Washington University.

Mosaic was a sponsor of the one-day GW Business & Policy Forum, “Attacking Cybersecurity Risks,” held April 25 at the university’s Jack Morton Auditorium in Washington DC; the event attracted more than 700 registrants and 28 expert speakers. Participants included US Senator Mark Warner of Virginia; Valerie Cofield of the US Department of Homeland Security; Google’s Global Affairs President Kent Walker; Verizon Chairman & CEO Hans Vestberg; Deloitte Consulting Chairman and CEO Dan Helfrich; David Sanger, White House & National Security Correspondent for The New York Times, and representatives from Aon, Blackstone, Microsoft, and the Department of Defense, among other organizations.

Panel discussions through the day explored trending cybersecurity topics, from digital ecosystems and data access and privacy, to the latest on Chat GPT and other forms of generative artificial intelligence.

“This confluence of industry, government, and academia is going to be vital in seizing opportunities and generating solutions for challenges in cybersecurity,” noted Anuj Mehrotra, Dean of the GW School of Business. “We are grateful for Mosaic’s support and look forward to making this an annual showcase of ideas dedicated to this fast-changing landscape.”

Blaser moderated a panel featuring Globant’s Nicolás Ávila; Renata Spinks of the US Marine Corps; Julian Zottl of Raytheon Technologies; and Dominic Delmolino of Amazon Web Services. The group debated the impact of fast-moving generative AI advancements on cybersecurity.

“It was a stimulating discussion about disruptive technologies and their geopolitical impact—by both the good actors, and the bad,” said Blaser, a GW alumnus, Chair of the GW School of Business advisory board, a recent inductee into the school’s Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame, and chair of the forum’s organizing committee. “Most of all, it demonstrated how important it is to break down silos and share knowledge and best practices.”

DeLong moderated an insurance-focused panel, joined by Aon’s Catherine Mulligan, Dr Joseph Nemec of Morgan Stanley, and Michael Atkinson of Crowell & Moring. They discussed the key role of public-private partnerships in thwarting theft of data and intellectual property by cybercriminals.

“We were so proud to have Mosaic and the cyber insurance community play a key part in an event that encouraged leaders from industry, government, and the intelligence community to combat the impact of global cybercrime,” said DeLong. “The forum showcased the collective strength we have to tackle the economic impact of cyber threats when we share intel and ideas.”

GW plans to publish a white paper capturing the forum’s key content and is also building a cyber web platform to drive further collaboration between public and private sectors.

Watch live-streamed videos of the GW Business & Policy Forum panel discussions here.

PHOTO CAPTION: Mosaic Co-CEO Mitch Blaser with panelist Nicolás Ávila of Globant

[photo credit: Linnea Farnsworth]