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Aon Continues Leadership as Data Privacy Day Champion
Balancing technological progress with privacy and security critical to serving clients

London - - January 27 2014 — Aon plc, the leading global provider of risk management and human resources solutions (NYSE:AON) today announced that it has continued as a Champion of Data Privacy Day (DPD) according to the National Cyber Security Alliance. As a DPD Champion, Aon recognizes and supports the principle that organizations, businesses and governments all share the responsibility to be conscientious stewards of data by respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.

Data Privacy Day, observed annually on January 28, is an international awareness effort to encourage Internet users to consider the privacy implications of their online actions and motivate all companies to make the protection of privacy and data a greater priority. Aon is empowering results for clients by continuing the growing effort among international organizations, corporations, educational institutions, government entities and municipalities to promote privacy awareness.

“With the magnitude, complexity and speed of risk increasing, technology and information asset usage have become indispensable tools to increase efficiency and lower costs for every organization,” notes Kevin Kalinich, Aon Global Practice Leader for Cyber Risk Insurance.  “Balancing technological progress with privacy and security is being mandated by a growing number of country-specific data breach and privacy laws, which can impact bottom line financial statements.  Therefore, cyber risks now are Board of Directors and management issues.  Aon has developed a proprietary online “Aon Cyber Diagnostic Tool” to assist organizations to identify their unique cyber exposures mapped to risk mitigation and insurance best practices. The formal launch and availability of the “Aon Cyber Diagnostic Tool” is scheduled for Data Privacy Day – January 28, 2014.

“Cyber risk has become a leading issue for many organizations as awareness of cloud computing, social media, corporate ‘Bring Your Own Device’ policies, big data, and state-sponsored espionage has grown,” Kalinich added. “In an increasingly punitive legal and regulatory environment, and in the face of more frequent contractual insurance requirements specifying cyber liability, forward-thinking companies are taking proactive steps to explore and transfer cyber risk.”  

To learn more about what Aon offers companies in terms of solutions to their cyber risk challenges, go to http://www.aon.com/risk-services/cyber.jsp

Coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. The day, January 28, commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.

For more information about Data Privacy Day, the DPD Champions program, and how to participate in DPD activities, visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/. You can also follow Data Privacy Day on Twitter at @DataPrivacyDay and the hashtag #DPD2014. Data Privacy Day updates and privacy tips are also available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DataPrivacyNCSA

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About Aon

Aon plc (NYSE:AON) is the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 65,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative and effective risk and people solutions and through industry-leading global resources and technical expertise. Aon has been named repeatedly as the world’s best broker, best insurance intermediary, reinsurance intermediary, captives manager and best employee benefits consulting firm by multiple industry sources. Visit www.aon.com for more information on Aon and www.aon.com/manchesterunited to learn about Aon’s global partnership and shirt sponsorship with Manchester United.

About Data Privacy Day

Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. The Day commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108 – the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.  Intel and Microsoft are Leading Sponsors of Data Privacy Day. ADP and AT&T are Contributing Sponsors.

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