Global insurance brokerage Aon has hired a former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) cyber-risk expert, the company announced this morning.
James C. Trainor, former assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division, has been appointed to the role of senior vice president in the cyber solutions group of Aon’s Risk Solutions unit.
The company described Trainor as the FBI’s “highest-ranking cyber expert,” adding that during his 20-year career, Trainor played a critical role in devising strategies to combat ransomware and other emerging forms of cybercrime, spearheaded major high-profile investigations, and managed numerous incidents related to cybercrime and national security.
In his new role, Trainor will help shape Aon's overall cyber strategy on behalf of clients, working closely with colleagues across technology, system integration, risk transfer and advisory, Aon said in a release.
“As the FBI's foremost expert in cyber security, Jim brings unparalleled experience and knowledge that will be invaluable to clients as they evaluate and address their cyber exposures,” Mike O'Connor, chief executive officer at Aon, said.
“Jim's unique insights and relationships will help us continue our innovative and industry-leading approach to cyber risk management,” he added.
The new hire follows an announcement earlier this month that Aon is to acquire Stroz Friedberg, a specialized cybersecurity risk management firm.
The company was founded by Ed Stroz, a former FBI agent who formed a computer crime squad in New York City, and Friedberg, a former federal prosecutor who led the formed squad.
Aon said its latest move was part of efforts to “bolster its industry-leading team of experts” as cyber-risks increase and attacks become more frequent.
Speaking of his new role, Trainor said that he was honoured and excited to be joining the company, adding: “Aon's commitment to helping businesses navigate the changing tides of cyber risk is unmatched.”
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