Insurers working to adapt to changes in professional liability risks

Medical Malpractice Insurance

Changing laws spur evolution in insurance industry The health care landscape in the U.S. has changed in the two years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. Though the future of the law now rests in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court, the changes it brought to health care and the insurance industry has caused a shift in professional liability risks. Even if the law is overturned, these risks are expected to weigh heavy on insurance companies that provide coverage for health care professionals. Insurers, however, are…

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What should you think about when you consider buying cyber insurance

Data breaches are a form of attack that can come on with absolutely no warning or provocation, and can cause either very little or no damage, or can cripple a business’s ability to function. Because they are so unpredictable, making them extremely challenging to budget for, cyber insurance is considered by many to be a very practical way to offset any of the unanticipated costs that can be associated with them. That said, it remains very important to take additional preventive efforts and security practices to ensure that your data…

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Insurance groups warns companies to take cyber attacks seriously and protect themselves accordingly

As “hacktivism” becomes a major concern for companies all over the world who manage electronic data, the need for insurance protection against cyber attacks is becoming more apparent. Sihle Insurange Group, a Florida-based insurance organization, has begun a campaign to promote this type of protection. The insurer is warning companies in the U.S. that they need to be more proactive about their security lest they fall prey to hackers looking to cause a bit of mischief. Even a hacker looking for a laugh at the expense of others can cause…

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Liberty International Underwriters launches three new cyber liability insurance products to protect consumers and companies from attack

Liberty International Underwriters, a specialty lines division of Liberty Mutual Insurance, has announced that it will be providing three new cyber liability products. Insurers are beginning to take the risk of cybercrime seriously, especially as more hackers become more brazen in their attacks on companies and government institutions. While companies face the potential for major losses as the result of cybercrime, consumers are the ones that are affected most by attacks. Identity theft is rampant in the world of technology, and many have found their sensitive financial information compromised due…

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Corporations may be hiding information on cyberattacks from investors and the SEC

Large corporations may be keeping cyberattacks a secret from investors and the public, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In October of last year, the agency released documentation that outlined the necessary measures corporations must take if they have been the target of an attack. The document outlined reporting procedures for such events, but the agency suspects that companies have not taken these requirements to heart for the sake of their businesses. Since October, a scant few corporations have followed the reporting procedures outlined by the SEC, despite…

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Hackers steal source code from Symantec – cyber security again highlighted by insurers

Acclaimed Internet security company Symantec has announced that the source code for its popular pcAnywhere program has been stolen by hackers. The company has issued a warning encouraging consumers to discontinue use of all Norton Antivirus, Internet Security and SystemWorks programs including pcAnywhere while they are fixing the bugs. Earlier this month, fabled hacker group Anonymous claimed that the company’s source code for these security programs had been compromised. After investigating the matter, Symantec has acknowledged that this is, in fact, the case. The issue can quickly turn into an…

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Does cyber insurance truly provide the peace of mind it implies?

Cyber Insurance industry popularity

Cyber insurance can provide important coverage against liability and data loss, but it does come with a cost and the form of coverage it provides is quite complex. The Ponemon Institute has released the results of its second annual Cost of Cyber Crime study, which indicated that the average yearly cost of identifying and coping with cyber crime, per organization, is $5.9 million. When compared to the average figures from the 2010 study, this was an increase of 56 percent. Cyber crime costs now range from $1.5 million to $36.5…

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