Where top insurance professionals go to become better

Cyber Insurance Academy was founded by a group of cyber insurance experts, security specialists and e-learning professionals to provide insurance professionals with the knowledge needed to work in cyber-insurance and cyber-related insurance fields.

Bridging the cyber-insurance knowledge gap

Stand-alone cyber insurance policies cover a variety of liabilities related to cyber risks, including data theft, data privacy, ransomware, service disruptions, and much more. With a significant 30% annual growth over the past five years, it has become one of the fastest growing insurance sectors. Moreover, since everything today is digital and connected, from the heating system to the connected car, cyber risks can impact all aspects of life and are consequently relevant to other lines of insurance such as property, marine and general liability. With the “cyber” aspect of insurance now relevant to virtually all insurance product lines, every insurance professional should have the basic technical knowledge needed to conduct an intelligent conversation with clients about cyber-related risks and coverages.

Unique dual learning approach

Insurance companies around the world have realized that to meet the overwhelming demand for cyber-insurance and cyber-related coverages, they will need to train and educate their workforce. However, unlike the regular insurance-related training, cyber-insurance training involves acquiring a technical foundation that will allow insurance professionals to interact with their clients’ CISOs, CIOs and other technical staff.

A world of knowledge in one online course

Cyber Insurance Academy was founded to solve a dire knowledge gap in the insurance market. Our multi-disciplinary faculty staff comprises leading cyber insurance experts, cyber security specialists and e-learning professionals, whose learning programs encompass the entire spectrum needed to transform an insurance professional into a cyber-insurance professional. Topics range from cyber-security fundamentals to advanced cyber- insurance subjects, including cyber underwriting, claims and incident response, risk management, regulatory compliance, and more.

Satisfied graduates from over 40 countries are growing their cyber insurance careers

Insurance professionals from over 40 countries have already graduated from the Cyber Insurance online course. These brokers, underwriters, claims professionals, and risk managers are now working in insurance companies and broker firms around the world or starting new lucrative careers in this emerging market.

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Faculty members

  • Guy Simkin

    CEO & Co-founder

    Guy serves as Cyber Insurance Academy’s Chief Executive Officer. Guy previously served as Business Analyst at the venture fund, 2B Angels, where he invested in exceptional companies in the seed to post-series-A-stage, and in the Business Development department at THE BRIDGE.

    Guy holds a degree in International Business Administration from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya’s International School, specializing in digital innovation. Guy is also a member of Birthright Excel, an lifelong fellowship program for business leaders.

  • Asaf Armoni

    CTO & Co-founder

    Asaf serves as Cyber Insurance Academy’s CTO and information security (IS) expert. An IS and cyber security specialist, Asaf served in the IDF Intelligence Corps as the commander of a Security Operation Center, receiving an award of excellence by the Head of the Intelligence Corps for his service. Asaf co-founded H-Nahal Ltd., which provides IS and cyber security services for local authorities, as well as the IDCyber club, which educates students from all faculties at IDC Herzliya. Asaf also served as independent consultant to the Intelligence Corps, responsible for classified cyber security and cyber intelligence operations.

    Asaf has a Business degree from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya), specializing in accounting, and a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) certificate from the Technion.

  • Shay Simkin

    Faculty Advisor

    Shay is the Global Head of Cyber for Howden Broking, a specialist insurance broker. He has over 30 years of experience in the Insurance Broking industry, serving in senior management roles both in Israel and Europe. An expert in Cyber Liability insurance, Shay leads Howden’s Cyber Liability initiatives worldwide and was named the Cyber Risk Industry Person of the Year in the international category of Advisen’s 2017 Cyber Risk Awards.

    Shay holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Haifa in Israel and has been an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute since 1999.

  • Chris Cotterell

    Faculty Advisor

    The Divisional Chairman of Howden Broking’s Cyber Unit, Chris is the former co-founder and CEO of Safeonline LLP, a leading Lloyd’s of London insurance broker, which specialized in Cyber, Technology E&O, Financial, Professional and Intellectual Property liabilities.

  • Jeffrey M. Cohen

    Faculty Advisor

    The President of Advisen, Jeffrey has over 30 years of experience focused on data, analytics, media, and news businesses aimed at the insurance and financial sectors. In addition to leading Advisen’s strategy for global business development in Data Media, Jeff serves as a Board Member of the Spencer Educational Foundation and the Center for Hearing and Communication.

    Jeff graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Biology.

  • Sigal Schlimoff-Rechtman, Adv.

    Legal Advisor

    Sigal is an experienced litigator with a record of success in a broad range of cases. For the past 20 years, she has specialized in complex insurance and reinsurance law. Her expertise encompasses jewelry and diamond insurance (Jewelers Block policies), D&O, professional indemnity, property insurance, medical malpractice, agriculture insurance, EPL insurance and environmental cases. Sigal has organized and lectured on insurance law at international conferences and is widely published on subjects relating to developments and precedents in the field of insurance law.

    A member of the Israeli Bar Central Committee and chairperson of the Israeli Bar Insurance Committee, Sigal is also Lloyd`s appointed representative in Israel.