Kidnap insurance protects companies in the case of ransomware

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Businesses that have not purchased cyber insurance policies are looking to alternative coverage for WannaCry losses. Companies without cyber insurance are reportedly making claims through their ransom, extortion and kidnap insurance policies in the hopes of recouping losses from WannaCry and other ransomware. The issue is that cyber insurance can be costly and businesses operating outside the U.S. rarely buy it. Aside from the expense associated with cyber insurance, many companies don’t think to buy it as they don’t feel that they would be the target of this type of…

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Lemonade insurance company heads into California with new license

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The tech-based insurer launched in New York and sells renters and homeowners insurance policies. The new Lemonade insurance company that made a splash in New York when it launched in the second half of 2016 is now stepping into California. This new tech-based insurance startup promises consumers an application process as short as 90 seconds. Moreover, the Lemonade insurance claims payment process can be as quick as 3 minutes, according to the company. The insurer received the necessary approval from the California Department of Insurance for the sale of homeowners…

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NRA gun insurance launches for owners shooting in self defense

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The new policies are designed to cover legal fees for acquitted cases and clean-up costs as well. The National Rifle Association has announced a new NRA gun insurance policy to cover Americans who want coverage in case they shoot in self defense. The policies will cover the clean-up of the scene. That said, legal fee reimbursement is issued only if the case finishes with an acquittal for a ruling. This NRA gun insurance policy is only the latest in the association’s efforts to ensure the rights of people who want…

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Life insurance premiums may soon be selfie-based

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Facial recognition technology could be used to better understand a person’s overall wellness. Selfies have become exceptionally commonplace, but these self-portraits may soon have an impact on life insurance premiums. In fact, as facial recognition and analysis technology continues to improve, it may one day determine whether or not someone even qualifies for a policy. The reason is that selfies provide a great deal of information about a person’s health and aging. The various details picked up by a selfie, such as drooping skin, fine lines and wrinkles, contours and…

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Insurance technology jobs get hotter as AI’s role expands

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Customers find online self-service features increasingly appealing and the industry is hiring to meet that need. As the industry looks to artificial intelligence (AI) for improved customer service, insurance technology jobs are expanding in number and specialty. The more consumers show a preference for completing tasks online, the greater the need for large and skilled IT, programming and tech development departments. Current trends suggest that AI is a tech the insurance industry expects to be using in the very near future. In fact, a recent Accenture Plc survey suggested that…

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Allstate uses insurance drones to assess storm damage

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The insurer is using the technology to get a better idea of the property damage situation from spring storms. Allstate is using insurance drones to conduct an assessment of the property damage left behind by spring storms in four states. The company already owns the technology in a number of locations and was prepared to implement it when it was needed. In preparation to use the drones, Allstate Insurance readied itself with a solid fleet of the technology. The Allstate fleet of insurance drones are either ready or already being…

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SpaceX pre-launch liability insurance massively increased following FAA requirement

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A new mandate was put into place which increased the minimum coverage requirement by five times. SpaceX changed its launch schedule to today at 1:35am but was required to carry far more pre-launch liability insurance than it previously held. The launch had been postponed as a result of high winds at Cape Canveral. SpaceX will webcast the launch so it can be viewed live. The original launch had been scheduled for March 14, but the delay was considered necessary. This particular mission was created to add the Echo Star XXIII…

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Cyber insurance market growth is fast and healthy, says Swiss Re

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As worries over the impact of a hack, data breach or other similar risks, firms are insuring themselves. Swiss Re released a statement describing considerable growth trends in the cyber insurance market. The reinsurance firm pointed out that businesses are starting to see the importance of coverage in an environment where risks are skyrocketing. The Zurich-based giant it pointed out that the cyber risks are rapidly rising in their complexity and frequency. The Swiss Re Sigma report titled “Cyber: Getting to grips with a complex risk,” provided considerable insight on…

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Warren Buffet says the auto insurance industry will suffer from self-driving cars

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The Berkshire Hathaway CEO’s predictions are in direct opposition to previous thoughts on the subject. While most of the auto insurance industry predictions about self-driving cars have had to do with reduced rates, Warren Buffett has taken a different perspective. Instead, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO believes it should be considered a significant threat. The billionaire investor revealed that he feels the launch of the technology will negatively impact car insurers. The reasoning behind Buffett’s prediction is that if autonomous cars are actually safer than traditional vehicles, premiums will tumble. Charging…

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Auto insurance premiums head skywards due to smartphone use

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The Washington Insurance Commissioner’s Office has blamed mobile device use for a 5.9 percent rate increase. Consumers wondering why they’re paying higher auto insurance premiums may not have to look any further than their smartphones. The Insurance Commissioner’s Office in Washington State said the top 20 insurance companies hiked rates by 5.9 percent last year. That said, the insurance rate for motorists has been on its way up across the country. Across the country, the average amount drivers are paying in auto insurance premiums reached $926 in 2016. Throughout the…

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