Event Details

The increasing use of ransomeware and other digital intrusions show that companies need to worry not just about leaking data, but also about having access to that data taken away from them, with ongoing damage to their operations. While criminals increase their sophistication, state-aligned actors are also engaged in attacks against governments, infrastructure, and the private sector. The war in Ukraine has increased concerns about government use of cyber weapons and the potential for those weapons to spread out of control, as malicious software often has in the past. A cyberattack that stopped operations at Toyota just after Japan announced sanctions against Russia led many to wonder if a government was behind the attack.

While many companies talked for years about digital transformation, the pandemic led many of them to start making that happen, and their increased reliance upon digital tools can create serious new vulnerabilities. What are the emerging cyber risks? How can they affect operations? What are the insurance and liability implications of an attack? We will explore the digital challenges from bad actors, whether criminals or governments, and consider how companies should think about defending against them. This roundtable discussion with your peers, combined with research from the EIU, will increase your awareness of the cyber risks you face and help you advance your internal conversations about how to address them.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please send an email to ecn_sea@economist.com.


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Presentation, panel discussion and Q&A


  • William Thomas (Director, South-east Asia of The Economist Corporate Network)

    William Thomas

    Director, South-east Asia of The Economist Corporate Network

    William Thomas is the Director of the Economist Corporate Network in South-east Asia. An experienced advisor to senior business and government leaders, he helps organisations understand the strategic, operational, and talent implications of geopolitical changes.

    William holds a PhD in public policy from George Mason University in the US, as well as a degree in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA. His academic research has centered on managing change in large, multinational organisations, with an emphasis on organisational culture.

    William is a retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel, having spent much of his 21-year career as a strategic planner for complex operations such as humanitarian assistance and counterterrorism. He was Associate Professor of Political Science at the US Air Force Academy, and later taught at Georgetown University in Washington DC and as a Fulbright Scholar at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

    Having worked in Asia since 2012, William has focused on leadership development and organisational change as a consultant, leadership coach, and training facilitator.

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