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Apr 5, 2022

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


Talking Cloud security with the Head of Business Risk & Insurance at Google Cloud, Monica Shokrai! Monica will also be co-leading the session, “Cloud Computing and Cloud Security Risks,” at the upcoming RISKWORLD 2022 event. In this episode, listeners are going to get a glimpse of this session as well as learn about Monica’s unique career experiences and some of the heavy hitters that she works with daily!


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About the RIMS Membership.

[:15] About RIMScast.

[:27] About today’s episode with Monica Shokrai.

[:37] Upcoming RIMS webinars and workshops.

[1:54] About the live annual conference, RISKWORLD, which will be in San Francisco April 10-13.

[2:34] More about today’s episode with Monica Shokrai.

[3:10] Justin welcomes Monica to RIMScast!

[3:19] Monica shares about her position at Google Cloud and what she oversees.

[4:51] Why risk management is critical for Google.

[6:30] Monica shares her experience working under the leadership of Loren Nickel, the RIMS 2017 Risk Manager of the Year.

[9:45] About Monica’s sessions at RISKWORLD 2022, “Cloud Computing and Cloud Security Risks.”

[11:38] Who are Monica’s co-presenters joining her in the session?

[12:47] Plug time! All about the RIMS Buyers Guide, RIMS-Willis Towers Watson Asia Pacific Risk Virtual Conference, and RIMS RISKWORLD 2022.

[15:03] Monica shares how it feels as an employee at Google to be working for a company that is so deeply embedded in our culture.

[16:08] Monica shares how she and her team, as part of their risk strategy, incentivize their customers to be more cyber secure.

[17:42] Was Monica on the ground floor with Google’s Risk Protection program?

[18:38] Monica provides tips for women who are hoping to establish themselves and succeed in the risk profession.

[21:18] How being in or near Silicon Valley impacts DEI in the industry.

[22:10] When and where to catch Monica’s session, “Cloud Computing and Cloud Security Risks” at RISKWORLD 2022.

[22:25] Will Monica be taking questions at the end of her session?

[22:50] Justin thanks Monica Shokrai for joining RIMScast and shares some additional links to check in today’s show notes.


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS Events, Education, and Services:

RIMS 2022 RISKWORLD | April 10‒13 in San Francisco! — Register now!


RIMS Advocacy

RISKWORLD COVID-19 Policy (Updated 2/28/2022)

RIMS Buyers Guide

RIMS-Willis Towers Watson Asia Pacific Risk Virtual Conference 2022 | April 26‒28th — Complimentary registration here!

RIMS Virtual Workshop: ORSA Assessment | April 25, 27 & 28, 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm ET |

Special Offer: SAVE 50% with code ORSA50 — Offer ends April 11 and applies to new registrants only. Register here!

Sponsor RIMScast: Contact or for more information.

Sponsored RIMScast Episodes:

“Focusing on Your Team to Deliver Exceptional Quality and Service to Your Clients”

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“Bermuda Opportunities in 2022 with BDA Chair Stephen Weinstein” | Sponsored by Bermuda Business Development Agency

“SyncR: A Tool to Enhance Your Risk Quality & Insurance Strategy” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers Ltd.

“Navigating the Risk Landscape in 2022” | Sponsored by AXA XL

“Prioritizing People: Expertise and Innovation” | Sponsored by Gallagher Bassett

“Risk Findings for the Industrial & Manufacturing Industry” | Sponsored by Aon

“Establishing the Right Assurance to Request From Business Partners” | Sponsored by HITRUST

“Aon’s 2021 Retail Industry Overview” | Sponsored by Aon

“A Legacy of Resilience” | Sponsored by J.B. Boda Group

“The Golden Era of Insurance” | Sponsored by The Hartford

“Insurance Investigation Trends Happening Now” | Sponsored by Travelers

“What Could a CRO Do for Your Business?” | Sponsored by Riskonnect

“Hard Reality: A Look at Rising Rates in Property & Excess Casualty” | Sponsored by AXA XL

“Property Valuation Deep Dive” | Sponsored by TÜV SÜD

“Property Loss Control Engineering” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers

NEW RIMSCAST VIDEO: “Climate Change and Insurance: A Fireside Chat with Dev Bhutani and Deepak Madan” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers Ltd.


April 21, 2022 | “Supply Chain Risk Management in 2022” | Presented by the RIMS International Council

April 26, 2022 | “5 Trending Cybersecurity Threats: Are Your Third Parties at Risk?” | Sponsored by OneTrust GRC

April 28, 2022 | "ZAP! The Electrification of Commercial Fleets — Opportunities & Risks" | Sponsored by Aviva

RISKWORLD Live Workshops:

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Fundamentals of Insurance” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Fundamentals of Risk Management” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Managing Cognitive Bias Risk — Recognition & Avoidance Essentials” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “RIMS-CRMP Prep” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Risk Appetite Management” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Applying and Integrating ERM” | Presented by RIMS

Virtual Workshops:

March 22, 23, 29 & 30 | “Enterprise Rise Management for ORSA Planning in Insurance Companies” | Enroll by March 21, 2022

Related RIMScast Episodes:

“RISKWORLD Keynote Michael C. Bush On Risk and ‘Greatness’”

“RISKWORLD Keynote Rachel Sheerin On How Risk Leaders Can Combat and Harness Burnout”

“What the Future Holds with RISKWORLD Keynote Peter Leyden”

RIMS Publications, Content, and Links:

RIMS Membership — Whether you are a new member or need to transition, be a part of the global risk management community!

RIMS Virtual Workshops

Upcoming RIMS Webinars

On-Demand Webinars

RIMS Advisory Services — Ask a Peer

Risk Management Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

RIMS Risk Leaders Series — New interview with RIMS 2021 Risk Manager of the Year Michael Harrington!

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)

RIMS-CRMP Stories — New interview featuring RIMS Treasurer Jennifer Santiago!

Spencer Educational Foundation

RIMS DEI Council

RIMS Path to the Boardroom


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Tweetables (For Social Media Use):


“Our users place a lot of trust in Google and we take that responsibility very seriously. You’ll see it in our Risk & Insurance team, but you’ll also see it integrated throughout the business and everything we do. Security is core to how we operate as a company.” — Monica Shokrai


“Our team has to … integrate with all the different businesses, understand all the different risks, and then bring it together in a unified insurance program. … The way that we structure our team mirrors the need for risk management within our business.” — Monica Shokrai


“The main focus of our session [at RISKWORLD 2022] will be on cyber risk and how the Cloud can help companies with risk management through reducing their risk and increasing their security.” — Monica Shokrai


“I think having a community of women … to go to when you’re facing something that might be specifically correlated with gender, is extremely helpful. [It’s] something that’s helped me navigate my career.” — Monica Shokrai