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NAIC Cybersecurity Working Group Votes to Approve Insurance Data Security Model Law

by Carlton Fields on

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Cybersecurity (EX) Working Group (Cybersecurity WG) approved Version 6 (Finalized) of its Insurance Data Security Model Law (Model) on August 7 at the NAIC Summer...more

District Courts Buck Trend on Fidelity Coverage for Social Engineering and Business Email Compromise Schemes

by Carlton Fields on

The FBI continues to warn that losses are on the rise from business email compromise (BEC) or “social engineering” schemes, which the Bureau describes as: Carried out by transnational criminal organizations that employ...more

DFS Cyber Regulation Countdown: Who Should Certify Compliance?

Companies subject to New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) new cybersecurity regulation should be preparing to comply with the first round of requirements by the upcoming August 28th deadline: enacting a...more

Connecticut Insurance Department Issues Bulletin on Data Security Requirements

We previously outlined the requirements of the Connecticut data breach law when it was amended in 2015, including the requirement to implement a comprehensive information security program (CISP)....more

A Guide to NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulations’ August 28 Implementation Deadline

by Hogan Lovells on

As a follow-up to our previous reports (December 30, 2016 Alert; February 24, 2017 Alert) regarding the cybersecurity regulations issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), we would like to remind...more

Cyber Insurance Primer

by Butler Snow LLP on

The number of reported U.S. data breaches tracked through June 30, 2017 hit a half-year record high of 791. This represents a significant jump of 29% over 2016 figures during the same time period. At this pace, it is...more

A “palliative” approach to insolvency in the retail world?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The retail sector is in the midst of a deeply disruptive shift as online shopping increasingly puts its long-term future in peril. Howard Morris, head of the business restructuring and insolvency group at Morrison & Foerster...more

New Connecticut Insurance Department Bulletin on Data Security Requirements

by Polsinelli on

Connecticut Bulletin MC-23. The Connecticut Insurance Department issued Bulletin MC-23 on June 13, 2017. The Bulletin addresses certification and notice requirements for data security requirements applicable to TPAs and PBMs...more

Cyber Insurance: Get What You Pay For              

by Fisher Phillips on

Due to the increasing number of successful and attempted cyber-attacks and increased government scrutiny surrounding protection of confidential information, companies cannot ignore the various risks associated with potential...more

The Many Cyber Exclusions Within D&O Policies

by GB&A Insurance on

Despite all of the large scale hacks and cyber related headlines, cyber security litigation itself remains in its infancy. Case law is sparse, and policy language is slowly beginning to adapt itself to modern risk. In the...more

Special Purpose National Bank Charter for FINTECH Firms

by Carlton Fields on

The office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) published a draft supplement to its licensing manual, to define and tailor the requirements for FINTECH companies that apply for special purpose national bank charters. This...more

Blockchain: The Policyholder Plan for Smart Insurance Policies

Insurers’ exploration of distributed ledger technology (DLT), commonly referred to as blockchain, continues to expand. Last month, AIG announced a partnership with IBM and Standard Chartered Bank P.L.C. to test a “smart...more

Eleventh Circuit to Weigh in on ‘Business Email Compromise’ Coverage Under Fidelity Bond

by Carlton Fields on

Banks have historically been at the forefront of technological advances in commerce. So it should be no surprise that they and other financial institutions were also among the first to suffer losses related to computer fraud...more

How To Protect Your Company From Cyber Regulatory-Enforcement: Part 2

by GB&A Insurance on

Experiencing a security breach is a bit like being on the titanic and feeling the tremble from hitting an iceberg. The impact sparks immediate panic - you know something very bad has just happened but are unsure whether the...more

Court Holds Crime Policy Covers Business Compromise Email Loss

The “business compromise email” is what the FBI calls the “$5 billion scam,” but apparently an insurance company did not agree with an insured company that they had been the victim of a crime....more

What To Look For In Strong Computer Fraud & Social Engineering Insurance

by GB&A Insurance on

Cyber security has been the talk of the town for quite a while now. Organizations today flooded with statistics and mentions of the importance of proper security measures and cyber liability programs. Some companies...more

Hurricane Cyber? Insurers Confront Unpredictable Data Breach Costs

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Venerable insurer Lloyd’s of London says a global cyber attack on a major provider of cloud services could carry costs of up to $53 billion, reports Data Breach Today. That’s a hefty price tag that explains the rising...more

NYDFS Updates FAQs to Clarify Cybersecurity Regulations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) recently updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its cybersecurity regulations, 23 NYCRR 500, to address four new issues. NYDFS published its initial set of FAQs...more

Ransomware is taking the world by storm; does insurance respond?

On June 27, 2017, the world had its second major ransomware attack in two months, and experts are predicting more to come. The first, named WannaCry, began May 12, and quickly spread to over 400,000 machines, the vast...more

DFS Cyber Compliance Nightmare? Detailed survey results indicate compliance is far from reach

New York’s powerful Department of Financial Services (DFS) upended cybersecurity regulation with its new and sweeping “Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies,” which took effect on March 1, 2017. But is...more

The Remedy for the New Cyber Threat Posing Major Coverage Problems: “Fake President” E-mails

by Nossaman LLP on

In the last few weeks, we have seen yet another widespread ransomware attack that hit nearly one hundred companies around the world. It reminded me of a recent request from a client, made just after news broke of the...more

The Art of (Cyber) War

by Blank Rome LLP on

Today’s political climate is rife with reminders about the importance of data privacy and cybersecurity. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Risks Report, the greatest technological risks facing the world...more

Ransomware: Assessing & Crafting Coverage

by GB&A Insurance on

When it comes to cyber risk insurance, coverage for ransomware related claims is an important component. And with ransom attacks on the rise, it’s more important than ever. But organizations need to be careful not to develop...more

How Insurtechs Maximize Profits and Competitive Advantage

by Mintz Levin on

The potential to disrupt the historic insurance industry model has made insurtech one of the hottest new areas of innovation and investment, with entrepreneurs developing technologies at a breakneck pace and venture capital...more

NYS Cyber Regulation Countdown: Continuous Monitoring

In our series of posts leading up to the August 28th deadline for the first phase of requirements under New York’s cybersecurity regulation, the Patterson Belknap team looks at issues that institutions face as they implement...more

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