Author Archives: Andrew Coburn

NSA Cyber Weapon Stash for Sale

NSA Cyber Weapon Stash for Sale

Éireann Leverett Risk Researcher, Centre for Risk Studies, Judge Business School at University of Cambridge, and CEO, Concinnity Ltd. Dr. Andrew Coburn SVP, RMS, Inc., and Director of Advisory Board, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies, Judge Business School On 13 August the ‘ShadowBrokers’, a previously unknown hacker group, posted an online auction of a setRead more

Interstate Conflict is the new top concern for Global Risks 2015

Interstate Conflict is the new top concern for Global Risks 2015

The WEF Global Risks 2015 identifies ‘interstate conflict’ as the top catastrophe threat of concern, in a new ranking order of business risks for the next decade. Managing the business risk posed by political instability and other threats is a research theme of the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies. Ahead of its yearly meeting inRead more

“Global Crisis” – What if lots of catastrophes happen at once?

“Global Crisis” – What if lots of catastrophes happen at once?

    BOOK REVIEW:  Global Crisis: War, Climate Change & Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century, Geoffrey Parker, 2013, Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-15323-1. What happens when lots of catastrophes happen at once? Geoffrey Parker’s book describes a period in history – the mid 17th century – when they came thick and fast, and happened everywhere.Read more

The Circulatory System of Finance

The Circulatory System of Finance

In the Great Financial Crisis of 2007 to 2009, investment portfolios took big hits on their value, with indices like the Dow Jones falling to less than half of their pre-crisis peak by March 2009. Analysts said that the financial system had had a heart attack. This analogy was not far off. The lifeblood ofRead more

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Bigger Data, Smaller Risk

Bigger Data, Smaller Risk

Risk Managers have never been short of data – they are usually drowning in it – so they can be forgiven for not getting too excited about the prospect of ‘Big Data’: the idea of orders of magnitude more digital information becoming available about everything. Risk managers monitor the variation in performance of their companiesRead more