Cyber crime rates soar as 43 percent of Americans have already been victims

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Nearly half of all people in the United States have been affected by cybercriminal activities so far. A new report based on a survey by ValuePenguin revealed that almost half – 43 percent – of Americans have been a victim of some kind of digital invasion, as cyber crime rates skyrocket. Though financial loss is a risk, consumers are also afraid of the misuse of their personal information. Almost half of all victims of cyber crimes are impacted by financial losses in some way. That said, the cyber crime rates…

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Despite huge cyber insurance market growth, it remains a tiny industry fragment

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Businesses are catching on to the critical nature of this coverage, but there is a long way to go. The cyber insurance market represents a relatively new environment which comes with a high risk level. This requires insurance companies to use a cautious and meticulous strategy supported by reinsurance, according to a Moody’s Investors Service report. While the market growth is taking off, it still represents only a small fraction of the industry’s revenue. The cyber insurance market experienced a 26 percent cumulative annual growth rate in direct premiums since…

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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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