Georgia purchase largest US cyber insurance policy

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The state is adding to its protection against hackers following a massive March ransomware attack. Georgia has added a new layer of protection against hackers by purchasing the largest cyber insurance policy in the United States. The coverage is a component of the state’s new strategy against cyberattacks. Last March it fell victim to a ransomware attack. The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s website was taken down unless the state would pay. Hackers demanded $50,000 in the ransomware attack. Despite the hackers’ demands, the state would not pay the ransom. Instead,…

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New commercial cyberattack study underscores importance of business cyber insurance

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A recent survey revealed that almost half of participating companies had experienced some form of breach within a year. The importance of business cyber insurance is becoming increasingly clear to companies suffering from digital attacks firsthand on a rising basis. A recent study into cyberattacks aimed at companies revealed that almost half had experienced some form of attack within the year prior to the study. There were over 4,000 businesses participating in the survey, almost half of which had been attacked. The research results were included in a report by…

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Cyber insurance market grows by over a third last year

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A recently released Fitch Ratings report suggests that this digital coverage grew by 35 percent. A new Fitch Ratings report suggested that the cyber insurance market’s premium exposure, estimated to be $1.35 billion, is greater than predicted. Fitch pointed to natural obstacles to differentiating the cyber related premium from other forms of multi-line coverage products. High profile hacking cases making headlines are driving interest in the cyber insurance market. “Take-up rates for cyber insurance are increasing with frequent reports of computer hacking incidents, including: network intrusions and data theft, as…

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Morris purchases new cyber insurance policy

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City of Morris has acquired cyber insurance protection to guard against digital risks Morris, Illinois, residents will now be protected by cyber insurance coverage. The Morris City Council voted earlier this week to purchase $2 million in cyber insurance protection from the HCC Insurance Group. According to the city council, this coverage will cost approximately $7,183 a year. The policy that the city has purchased will ensure that residents will have access to services that can aid them if the city’s information system where every compromised by a cyber attack.…

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Demand for cyber insurance rises throughout Europe

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As digital attacks and data breaches spread like wildfire, European companies are aiming to protect themselves. New legislation in the European Union with regards to data privacy is giving a considerable shot in the arm to the cyber insurance industry, say specialists in that market, particularly following some very high profile attacks on companies such as Experian and TalkTalk earlier in 2015. Last week, the E.U. agreed that its data protection laws needed to be changed from their previously fragmented state. The new laws will require companies to report data…

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Cyber insurance claims are made by 4 out of 10 companies

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A new survey has revealed that a very large percentage of businesses have filed against their policies. When it comes to business coverage, cyber insurance has been increasing quite rapidly in popularity as a results of the many high profile data breaches that have occurred over the last few years. Unfortunately, while coverage is more common, it’s also being used quite a bit by the companies that have it. While the idea behind buying a policy is usually to get it just in case, while hoping that it will never…

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Cyber insurance market continues to grow in the US

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More companies are beginning to embrace cyber insurance in order to guard against digital threats Cyber insurance is growing quickly in the United States, according to a new survey from the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers. More companies are beginning to conduct business online, and this comes with significant risks that they may not be prepared to handle on their own. Consumer information is quite valuable, but many businesses have not had to protect digital information in any significant way in the past. As such, companies are beginning to…

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Cyber insurance coverage is very costly for health insurance

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Following the record breaking data breaches that were suffered by several insurers, premiums are soaring. The large number of high profile data breaches that have been suffered by health insurers over the last year or so have made the cost of cyber insurance coverage skyrocket for those companies. This rise in rates has affected not only insurance companies but also retailers and banks. The reason is that those sectors have also been victims of data breaches and cyber insurance companies are seeing that it is becoming increasingly costly to cover…

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The cyber insurance market will explode to $10 billion in 5 years

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Still, the market remains primarily untapped, despite the tremendous potential it holds. It may not come as a shock to anybody that the cyber insurance marketplace is taking off and that it was recently estimated that by the year 2020, it will be worth about $10 billion, but what is shocking is the speed that it will reach in order to get there. The growth rate that it has been achieving has made it the top product in the commercial insurance sector. The forecast of the worth of the cyber…

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Cyber insurance is growing in Australia

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Australian Cyber Security Center highlights the rise of cyber attacks in the country A growing number of companies in Australia are beginning to find solace in cyber insurance protection. According to the Australian Cyber Security Center, the country’s digital networks are experiencing an increase in sophisticated attacks in both the public and private sectors. As such, cyber insurance has become a more important priority for companies that have a significant presence in the digital space. While insurance protection is becoming more coveted, it may not be able to address all…

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