The 2015 Annual RIMS Conference will attract over 10,000 industry professionals to New Orleans.  Here with a preview is RIMS Executive Director Mary Roth.

According to Ms. Roth, the top challenges facing risk managers heading into the conference are cyber and cyber security, global expansion and technology – including risks associated with technologies within the corporation.

Risk managers are becoming more involved with their companies’ infrastructure, and IT enterprise because of cyber.  Ms Roth says the use of analytics is also becoming more important in terms of “managing it … and using it to make critical business decisions.”

The role of Risk Manager is changing in the organizational structure.   Risk Mangers are becoming more involved in “business strategy making sure that the risk management strategy is linked to and supports the business strategy”.  According to Ms. Roth, RIMS members are adept at “demonstrating the value they bring to the C-Suite, the corporate organization and business decisions.”

Commenting on the need for “talent”, Ms. Roth says “bringing the best and brightest into the risk management field is critical to RIMS members as well as others in the insurance industry.”  She believes it is important to become more involved in universities and to have adequate internship programs to introduce students to the field.

Looking ahead to the conference, Ms. Roth says the hot topics for 2015 include: Drones, 3-d printing , business resiliency, e-health, technology. “There is something for every risk professional who attends the conference.”

World Risk and Insurance News will have coverage of the 2015 RIMS Conference starting next week. For more information on RIMS and other risk management topics, visit the website.

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