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True Tales of the Data Breach Hotline

January 14, 2020

A cyber breach can strike panic and lead to rushed decisions, but these on-call claim professionals helped to achieve happy endings for clients at their...

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2019's Top Cyber Risks: Finding solutions in vulnerability

December 16, 2019

Fourteen seconds. That was the prediction in 2017 on how often a business would endure a cyberattack by 2019. By October 2019, however, the actual figure...

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Small Business Owners: IoT is Key to Better Property Risk Management

November 04, 2019

Insurance and risk management are changing. Thanks to advances in technology, the focus today has shifted more toward preventing losses instead of just...

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Cybersecurity budgets: Why big money doesn't necessarily mean big security

October 29, 2019

Another day, another headline about a high-profile hack or data breach. The media and public take notice when consumer data have been compromised. And...

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Cyber attacks on campus

August 20, 2019

Cyber attack, espionage, and ransomware aren’t part of the curriculum; they are the threats that colleges and universities face as more sophisticated cyber...

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The Pretenders: Hackers target companies, posing as CEOs and other C-level Executives

July 25, 2019

In 2017, online digital publications announced the latest threat to consumer safety: hackers using vulnerabilities inside WhatsApp to spread malicious...

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Cities held for ransom: Why are public entities easy targets for cyber crime?

July 09, 2019

In May 2019, Baltimore found itself fighting off cyber crime – a ransomware attack that hit the city – the second known cyber attack in 14 months. Business...

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Let’s Talk: Urs Uhlmann on climate change, big data and the evolving challenges of cyber risks

July 01, 2019

The interconnectedness of technology with our lives and businesses has surfaced both new capabilities and new risks. We spoke with Urs Uhlmann, AXA XL’s...

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Ransomware-as-a-Service: The business of distributing cyber attacks

June 21, 2019

Ransomware is proving to be a profitable endeavor for cyber criminals. It is also what is fueling a newer trend: the business of offering management of...

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Constructive Conversations: Taking tech to the jobsite

June 07, 2019

Today’s construction jobsite looks a lot different than it did 10 years ago. From monitoring sensors, exoskeletons, imaging and BIM to project management...

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The LockerGoga Ransomware Attack: A worst-case scenario for industrial operations

June 03, 2019

Over the past decade, the corporate world has become familiar with ransomware attacks. Cyber attackers encrypt company’s systems and data until a bitcoin...

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When tech is the target: cyber risks for tech companies

May 22, 2019

In a world in which cyber attacks are increasing in frequency and severity, companies rely heavily on technology to secure their data and systems. But...

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Cyber claims scenarios ripped from the headlines

April 02, 2019

The liabilities associated with cyber exposures can devastate any business. A single cyber-attack in the US costs companies on average $7.91 million, according...

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Cyber Prevention: Staying ahead of the phishers, vishers and smishers

March 18, 2019

It starts with a phone call, a click of a link, a request from the CFO, a customer locked out of an account or a vendor complaining about a missing payment. These...

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Commercial insurtech is like an exclusive club — and you’re invited

February 06, 2019

This piece was originally published in TechCrunch. Tech companies and VCs in the insurance space have probably read many articles about Amazon and Google...

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Cyber insurance market: The year in review

January 02, 2019

Cyber liability is fast becoming the last frontier of the insurance world.   Hackers and cyber thieves are growing in number and in the sophistication...

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Data dystopia: what does the future hold for data privacy?

October 30, 2018

As cyber underwriters, a big part of our job is to be curious, to piece together “what-ifs” to try to analyse as yet unknown or untested risks. Our role...

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U-turns. Know the risk!

October 24, 2018

It is just after 1:00 AM and a tractor trailer attempts to make a U-turn on a highway with a 60 mph speed limit.As the rig begins to swing for the...

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Cyber Risk Modeling & Scoring: Creating Business Resilience

September 04, 2018

Over the last few decades, the way in which companies conduct business has gone through a transformation. Organizations have shifted their business models...

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Cyber endorsements: The why and how of cyber protection

August 15, 2018

A salesperson, working from a café while on the road, sends proprietary client information over an unsecured Wi-Fi connection. A project manager for a...

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People risk in international programs

July 03, 2018

It is often said that the human workforce is a company’s most precious asset. And as companies of all sizes continue to expand, and more employees travel...

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Cyber risk modeling comes of age

March 22, 2018

Ten million per month – that’s how many hacking attempts the head of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management said her agency was able to thwart each month...

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Building an open communication culture

March 08, 2018

Underwriting construction projects has changed over the years. Gary Kaplan, President, North America Construction, has seen a lot in his 39 year career....

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Are hotels and hospitality more vulnerable to breach?

January 09, 2018

Between May 2014 and December 2015, six high-profile companies within the hospitality industry suffered customer data breaches. Malware, compromised card...

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5 tips to cut crime risks this season

December 12, 2017

As the song about the December holidays goes, "It's the most wonderful time of the year." But it's not so wonderful for employers that are unprepared for...

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A hack a day: Let's do more to keep the hackers away

October 16, 2017

143 million people.  Nearly half the US population and the majority of the adult population.  That’s the number of individuals who may have had some very...

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Breaching the Assembly Line: When Cyberattacks Target Manufacturing

September 15, 2017

On May 13, 2017, workers arriving onsite at an auto manufacturing facility in northern France were greeted with a message being broadcast on the company’s...

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Cyber Claim Trends: When Law Firms Are the Target

July 28, 2017

In June 2017, a massive cyberattack shut businesses and agencies across the globe out of their systems. Companies and government entities in 65 countries,...

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Count-down: New rules on data protection across Europe

June 16, 2017

First published in  POST Magazine. New rules on data protection will come into force in Europe next year. Sergio Pierro is a Professional Indemnity underwriter...

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Hometown hacking: Communities in US and Canada become cyber targets

May 24, 2017

It’s easy to see why Target was a target.  Home Depot too is a depot of valuable information and credit card numbers.  Even a health insurer like Anthem...

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Aviation kidnap and ransom risks gaining altitude

April 25, 2017

Business executives rely on commercial and private aircraft for safe and efficient transportation to international locations. But getting there is only...

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Executives can't dismiss cyber accountability

April 20, 2017

In the wake of the Yahoo data breaches in December of 2016, it is hardly surprising that yet another shareholder has filed a data breach securities class...

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Let's Talk: Engineering Property Risk

February 24, 2017

What is property risk engineering? Put simply, risk engineering is the practice of carefully analyzing a risk and looking for ways to avoid or minimize...

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Cyber coverage: What are companies looking for?

January 27, 2017

Amid the rising uncertainty of cyber risks, one thing is for sure: organizations have become much more sophisticated about buying cyber insurance.​There...

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Ransomware's Greatest Adversary: Employee Cyber Awareness

September 26, 2016

It’s every organization’s nightmare: something is intentionally preventing an employee from using its computer system normally. Whether access to the operating...

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Midsize businesses face sizable cyber risks

August 10, 2016

A perfect storm of cyber risk is brewing for middle-market businesses, and many of them are unprepared.News headlines tend to emphasize data breaches at...

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Let’s Talk: Natural Perils

July 20, 2016

Catherine (Cat) Pigott leads a virtual team responsible for analysing and modelling natural perils. She is an actuary by training and a Fellow of the Institute...

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Emerging Trends in Design Professional Liability Claims

July 18, 2016

Emerging Trends in Design Professional Liability Claims

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Equine Insurance_Kentucky Derby

May 05, 2016

“The Kentucky Derby, whatever it is – a race, an emotion, a turbulence, an explosion – it is one of the most beautiful and violent and satisfying things...

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Protecting Privilege: Strategies to Keep Post Cyber-Breach Activities from Disclosure

April 25, 2016

Originally published in Litigation Management magazine, Spring 2016. Today most businesses cannot avoid being, at least in some limited manner, connected...

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Protecting Privilege_Strategies to Keep Post Cyber Breach Activities from Disclosure

April 22, 2016

Originally published in Litigation Management magazine, Spring 2016. Today most businesses cannot avoid being, at least in some limited manner, connected...

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Cyber Claim Trend: Risks Go Beyond Data Breaches

April 11, 2016

When most people think about cyber insurance, they tend to visualize data breaches. In fact, less than one-third of the cyber claims we see are for breaches....

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Cybercrime in Latin America

March 24, 2016

Business is booming!In mid-July, the host of a popular Brazilian television show, reportedly was the victim of a hacker who stole thousands of Brazilian...

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Cyber and Technology Claims_an Interview with Jeremy Gittler

March 23, 2016

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Cyber risk is bigger than an IT issue

March 10, 2016

One thing is becoming clear about cyber risks: the problem is much bigger than any organization’s information technology department.My background as an...

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Cyber security in Asia

January 11, 2016

Asia has been slower in mitigating against cyber-security lapses than other countries, as there have been comparatively fewer cases of cyber-attacks in...

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Environmental protection in Latin America. Stronger laws. Greater enforcement. Increased liability.

January 06, 2016

One of the defining characteristics of Latin America is its diversity. Its environments are extraordinarily varied. Five of the world’s ten most biodiverse...

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Cyber Shockers: Hacking hits home.

December 17, 2015

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Boosting Mobile Security and Awareness Reduces Risks

November 18, 2015

This article is reprinted from the Fall 2015 issue of Insights, a professional journal by the CPCU Society.  It has been reproduced here with the permission...

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Data Centers - Internet technology expansion yields increased environmental risk

August 17, 2015

According to the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the data center sector could double in size in the next several years....

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Count the ways of cyber crime: How do they hack you?

May 22, 2015

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Is Cyber Liability Coverage as Essential as PandC Coverage

May 18, 2015

This article is reprinted from the March 2015 issue of Insights, a professional journal by the CPCU Society. It has been reproduced here with permission...

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Hackers, Traitors, and Data Breaches

January 29, 2015

Our Cyber DependencyBusiness today depends on the cloud. But what the world has come to call the “cloud” is not really a cloud. It is a symbol for global...

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Cyber Shockers Infographic Breaches hit bottom lines

January 29, 2015

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Online Learning: Raising Cyber Security Awareness by Watching and Giving

January 16, 2015

Nearly every day we hear about another cyber attack on a company or the leak of massive amounts of sensitive data. Most of us are aware of the cyber dangers...

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Understanding the Swinging Pendulum That is Data Breach Law

January 12, 2015

In today’s technology-driven economy, organizations of all sizes are exposed to increasingly complex computer security risks. The evolving sophistication...

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Cyber shockers infographic Businesses under attack

December 29, 2014

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When the going gets hot the drones get going

October 06, 2014

In January 2014, a fire broke out in Connecticut’s Stone Creek Quarry. Fire Chief Jack Ahern knew he had a complicated fire on his hands because the fire...

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Cyber Shock

September 04, 2014

  Fast Focus Although third-party liability coverage is important,...

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Deep Pockets picked to pay for pollution clean up

May 13, 2014

On October 28, 2013, twelve former directors and officers of bankrupt Northstar Aerospace agreed to pay a total of $CAN 4.75 million to the Ontario environmental...

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Our Cyborg Destiny: Transcending Evolution to Survive and Thrive

April 17, 2014

 Cyborg (Cybernetic Organism)Astrophysicists Manfred Clynes and Nathan S. Kline coined the term cyborg in 1960, defining a cyborg as a “self-regulating,...

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Cybercrime is the greatest threat to an organizations' survival today

November 19, 2013

Technology is ever evolving and our reliance on it opens an organization’s vulnerability to cyber attack through greater online presence, broader use of...

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June 03, 2013

It’s no longer a secret. For a number of years, the Chinese military have been initiating cyber attacks against US companies. Mandiant Corp., an Alexandria,...

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Hackers traidores e violacoes de dados

Nossa dependência cibernéticaOs negócios de hoje dependem da nuvem. Mas o que o mundo tem chamado de "nuvem" não é realmente uma nuvem. É um símbolo para...

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El valor de las cautivas de seguros

El 11 y 12 de noviembre, los expertos en cautivas de todo el mundo se reunieron en el Foro Europeo de Cautivas en Luxemburgo. Reiner Hoffmann, Lead Consultant...

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Der Wert von Versicherungscaptives

Am 11. und 12. November treffen sich Captive-Experten aus aller Welt auf dem European Captive Forum in Luxemburg. Da XL Group sich bereits lange mit Captives...

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Crimes ciberneticos na America Latina

O negócio está crescendo!Em meados de julho, foi noticiado que a apresentadora de um dos mais populares telejornais brasileiros foi vítima de um hacker...

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