Shawn Dougherty

Shawn Dougherty

Shawn Dougherty is the assistant vice president of ISO's Specialty Commercial Lines Division. He is responsible for providing the overall direction, leadership, and client service for ISO's cyber liability (e-commerce), D&O (management protection), businessowners, crime and fidelity, financial institutions, employment-related practices liability, and professional liability (other than medical) insurance programs. He is also the ISO product manager for the Lloyd's Wordings Repository, an electronic database of policy wordings and clauses regularly used within the London market. Mr. Dougherty has worked at ISO since 1988.

Forging a New Identity Online

In the film The Shawshank Redemption (warning: spoiler alert), a wrongfully imprisoned accountant named Andy uses a typewriter, some postage, and a little imagination to forge a new identity. He creates the new identi...

Cause there ain’t no cure for the “cyber” time blues

Summer is upon us. It’s already August, and 2014 is well more than half over. My, how time flies. In reflecting back on the first half of the year, I’m pleased with the opportunities I took advantage of to learn more...

The Next Great War May Be a Cyber War.…Has One Already Begun?

For years, people have been saying that the next world war will not be fought by massive land, air, or sea forces but by cyber warriors with computers hacking into and disrupting critical infrastructure networks. It...

Black and White…and a Little Gray in Between

When I was growing up, I was mesmerized by any Western-themed television show or movie — Rawhide , The Rifleman , Mave rick, The Big Valley , The Wild Wild West , Bonanza , Gunsmoke , Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Ki...

Ultra-secure Smartphones and the Battle for Privacy

It’s been more than a year since Edward Snowden leaked classified documents and prompted new concerns about privacy in the digital world. But those concerns are not waning — especially when it comes to smartphones,...

The Value of National Guidelines for Cyber Security

It’s not a secret that cyber security is a significant issue facing businesses of all shapes and sizes in the United States and across the globe. President Obama has said that the “cyber threat is one of the most...

Safe Computing Strategies for Small and Midsize Businesses

Nowadays, you don’t have to be a large corporation to attract the wrath of hackers. Limousine companies, escrow firms, and even hay-compressing companies have become the target of cyber attacks in recent years....

Is Depersonalized Demographic Data Really Anonymous Information?

Cell phones are a modern-day convenience — and annoyance. A few years ago, a Cornell University doctoral student and her colleagues conducted a study on why overhearing a phone conversation is so distracting and...

The Tweet Heard Round the World

By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world. So reads the first stanza of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s...

The Permanence of Electronic Postings vs. the Right to Be Forgotten

We’ve all counseled our kids to be cautious of what they post on the web because it may have repercussions someday. To our kids, it must sound just like the “permanent record” that our teachers referenced when they...