Identity Thieves, Hackers & Phishers:
Real or Remote Workplace Retirement Plan Threats

Lee Harms

 

Business Information Security Officer,

Principal Financial Group

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Identity Thieves, Hackers & Phishers:

Real or Remote Workplace Retirement Plan Threats?

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To help sort through what employers should be thinking about with regards to their workplace retirement plans with all of the recent headlines around cyber risks swirling around, I have, Lee Harms, the Business Information Security Officer for the five businesses that make up Retirement and Income Solutions at the Principal Financial Group. 

 

Lee brings over thirty years of experience and his perspectives as a member of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and The Society of Professional Asset-Managers and Recordkeepers (SPARK) Data Security Advisory Board. 

 

I really appreciated his level headed and rationale thoughts on cyber threats & workplace retirement plans, questions that employers can be asking their retirement service providers to better understand their security policies and the importance of communicating with employees about cyber risk.  

After finally picking a title for this episode, I couldn’t help but immediately think of the line from The Wizard of Oz, Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!  Hopefully that doesn't get stuck in your head for the rest of the day!

 

We have also put together a piece with a few questions, best practices and procedures for retirement plan fiduciaries to help protect their employees personally identifiable information.  We will be distributing this to all of our email subscribers.  So, if you haven’t already,    join our email list or send an email to info@401kfridays.com and we will shoot you a copy!

Thanks for listening! 

Sincerely Your Host, 

Rick Unser

 

Guest Bio

Lee Harms is the Business Information Security Officer for the five businesses that make up Retirement and Income Solutions (RIS).   As a BISO he is responsible for the integration of the enterprise information security program within his business unit(s).  Key responsibilities include 3rd party oversight, secure software development, data protection, customer and regulatory requests and incident response.

Lee’s career with Principal began in 1983 and has included roles leading Enterprise Architecture, application development, Actuarial liaison and Client Administration.  Those roles include Business exposure to individual insurance and retirement business units as well as corporate Information Services.  

Lee is a member of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and The Society of Professional Asset-Managers and Recordkeepers (SPARK) Data Security Advisory Board.  

Lee graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management.     

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