Finance Panel: How Data Science is Opening New Frontiers for the Insurance Industry.

Abstract: Insurance is one of the modern world’s oldest industries. Since the beginning, an insurers success has hinged on its ability to leverage statistics and actuarial science to analyze risk. But the last decade has created a perfect storm of technological evolution causing the industry to reinvent its core disciplines. On our panel, we’ll speak with some of the insurance industry’s leading data scientists to learn more about many topics including new lines of insurance driven by our tech-centric society (e.g. the rise of cyber insurance) and the impact vast amounts of available data sources has on modeling risk.

Bio: John Langton is co-founder of Threat Effect where he applies machine learning methods to cyber security data for improved risk analytics. He has a Ph.D. in computer science and a background in both AI and cyber security. John began his career researching advanced analytics for cyber security at the Department of Defense. He then applied that experience in the private sector by founding a company called VisiTrend. VisiTrend was acquired by Carbon Black in 2015 where John served as Director of Data Science. John has several peer-reviewed publications and regularly participates in the local, Boston data science community.