TorchStone Addresses National Club Association Conference on Evolving Physical and Cyber Threats

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TorchStone executives led a panel on physical and cyber security at the annual conference of the National Club Association (NCA).

Having a widely recognized and highly credentialed firm like TorchStone to lead the conversation and raise awareness to these emerging issues is a great benefit for our members.

TorchStone Global, a premiere risk management firm with expertise in corporate and family security, was honored to present a panel discussion on emerging threats at the 2017 National Club Association (NCA) Conference recently held in New York City. The timely presentation addressed the growing concerns of private member clubs about the evolving nature of security threats to their members and operations, and offered practical steps for mitigating risk. The presentation outlined rational, proactive steps that clubs can undertake to address cyber vulnerabilities such as information security, website content, social media and email usage, insider threats, and ransom attacks, as well as physical vulnerabilities for members and hosted events. The presentation drew from TorchStone’s extensive experience helping Fortune 50 clients secure their critical data and assisting private clubs with managing large scale events, most notably high-profile professional golf tournaments.

The sold-out conference opened with comments from Eric Trump of The Trump Organization. Mr. Trump leads the growth of the Trump Golf Collection in his role as Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions. Other notable speakers included George Bodenheimer, former President and Executive Chairman of ESPN, and Bill McGurn, Wall Street Journal Editorial Board member and former Chief Speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

TorchStone President Frank Rodman, who led the security panel, noted “We’re very pleased to have been selected by the NCA to offer their member clubs a realistic assessment of current threats that, if left unaddressed, could seriously disrupt their operations. For all the good that emerging technologies may offer in allowing clubs to promote and operate efficiently, the same technologies represent serious vulnerabilities that can be exploited by criminals and activists. These prominent clubs serve as a gathering place for many of the wealthiest, most powerful business leaders in America, so they represent an attractive potential target from both a physical and a cyber perspective. Speaking directly to this audience, in this forum, was an ideal way to raise awareness and to offer practical advice for protecting club members, assets, and information.”

Designing and implementing highly successful security operations for private clubs and large scale sporting events comes naturally to TorchStone. The firm’s extensive resume includes security and logistical services at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, a decade supporting the LPGA tour and its players, coordinating security for a corporate sponsor at the past eight Super Bowls and at the last five Indianapolis 500 races, and the 2017 Triple Crown series.

The National Club Association has been the national advocate for the private club industry for more than 55 years (http://www.nationalclub.org). NCA President and CEO Henry Wallmeyer acknowledged TorchStone’s pedigree in his comments regarding their participation, “The priority of the NCA is to continually address the needs and interests of its member clubs and to help advance club security and safety. It is clearly a growing area of concern. Having a widely recognized and highly credentialed firm like TorchStone to lead the conversation and raise awareness to these emerging issues is a great benefit for our members. I look forward to TorchStone being an on-going subject matter resource for the NCA in years to come.”

About TorchStone – TorchStone Global is a strategic security advisory firm uniquely focused on crafting practical, tailored risk management solutions for affluent families, multi-national corporations, and high profile sporting events around the globe. Members of TorchStone’s leadership team are regarded among the most experienced and well-respected security professionals in the industry. Clients know that TorchStone provides trust, service, confidentiality, and discretion. That focus remains critical to the firm’s success. Since launching in 2010, TorchStone has been engaged by more than 6% of the Forbes 400, as well as an array of high profile executives, entertainers, and athletes. The TorchStone mantra, The Business of Before™, speaks to its proactive posture and tailored white glove solutions designed to reduce and mitigate risk on behalf of clients. For more information, please visit: https://www.TorchStoneGlobal.com

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