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Drew Zavatsky, JD, is section manager of the loss prevention program in the State of Washington’s Department of Enterprise Services. He has led several statewide enterprise risk management initiatives, including implementing the State ERM Initiative in 2007, creating a risk identification and mitigation plan for the state Attorney General’s Office for the federal HIPAA/HITECH regulatory framework in 2010-11, and the coordination of the state’s risk management program regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. He has trained nearly 3,500 risk management professionals in the theory and practice of enterprise risk management, as well as in root cause analysis. A graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, he worked as a King County deputy prosecutor in Seattle, Washington, as well as in the Complex Litigation Division of the Attorney General’s Office. He has been an attorney for over 20 years and, has presented at more than a dozen conferences and summits, and is a co-author of various RIMS publications, most recently the Strategic Risk Management Implementation Guide.

I was taking my 10-year-old niece to see a movie the other night, and after she got into my car, we had an interesting conversation. “Zoe, please buckle your seat belt,” I said. “We’re only going downtown, do I have to?” she asked. “Of course you do,” I said. “Safety first.” “But I’ve never been in an accident. It won’t happen. Let’s get going!” Suffice it to say, Zoe buckled up, and we arrived without incident. We even enjoyed the movie. But she got me thinking: is the idea that nothing bad has happened before — and the conclusion that
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