Al Decker Associates

Enterprise Risk Management Advisors.

Al Decker

Mr. Decker is a recognized authority on Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Information Security and Privacy, and Internal Controls with more than 30 years experience, both in private industry and public accounting as well as serving as an outside director of a private company. He has delivered and managed services in such areas as internal controls, system implementation, security audits, and training for companies worldwide. Over the past 20 years he has inspired and built four multifaceted, professional security-service organizations and been the CEO of a professional services company he founded. 


Mr. Decker was the founder and CEO of Fiderus - the first company in the world to focus entirely on services and solutions for security and privacy.  In addition to founding Fiderus, Mr. Decker served as the worldwide director of Security and Privacy services for EDS and IBM. He was also a Partner at Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P. (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), where he served as the National Partner-in-charge of IT Security Services and the National Director of IT Assurance Services, where he was responsible for all aspects of computer controls including those for IT operations, system and application development and security.

Author, speaker and pundit, Mr. Decker is frequently quoted in leading business and trade publications, including Business Week, Information Week and The New York Times as well as appearing on CNN on the topic. He lectures frequently on ERM, network security, computer fraud, computer viruses and other security and audit-related subjects for groups such as the AICPA, FEI, EDP Auditors Association, the Computer Security Institute, the Institute of Internal Auditors and various industry associations.  Mr. Decker was a member of the Computer Audit Subcommittee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Mr. Decker holds an MBA from Rutgers University and a BS William Paterson University of New Jersey

Donna Galer

Ms. Galer is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in the risk management and insurance industry. She entered the insurance industry in 1976 at Crum & Forster Ins. Co., where she held the position of SVP of Operations. In 1989, Donna joined Zurich Financial Services where she served in many executive roles. Most recently Donna was the EVP and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Zurich North America General Insurance worldwide. While based in Zurich, Switzerland she served as Regional Manager for North America and acting worldwide head of IR.

She is and has been on the board of many insurance related organizations and recently served as Chairwoman of the Spencer Educational Foundation a non-profit dedicated to providing scholarships to students of risk management and insurance.

She has published a number of articles in recent years on the topics of ERM and global programs including:

"Looking at Risk Strategically", Risk Management, August, 2009 
"The Unseen Predator", (w/co-authors), Risk Management. January 2009
"Clearly Differentiating Between Old and New Models of Risk Managemen
 Discussion of ERM Today", The John Liner Review. Vol 21 No.4 Winter, 2
"Strategic Considerations for the Insurance Industry",
 The John Liner Review. Vol 19,  No.1, Spring, 2
"Born Global", The John Liner Review. Vol 15 No.4, Winter, 2002

Ms. Galer holds an MA from Rutgers University and a BA from Wagner College.