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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

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

DFS Cyber Compliance Nightmare? New survey reports less than half of financial firms will meet deadline

A new survey by the Ponemon Institute reports that less than half of the financial institutions covered by New York’s sweeping new cybersecurity regulation say they will “likely” meet next February’s compliance deadline. And...more

NAIC Insurance Summit 2017: Innovation and Disruption Are Top of Mind for State Regulators

by Mintz Levin on

From May 22-26 Mintz Levin participated in the annual NAIC Insurance Summit in Kansas City. A main theme of this year’s Summit was technology and innovation. The Summit was remarkable in that it served as a meeting grounds...more

Managing Cyber Risks: Tips for Purchasing Insurance That Works for Your Business – Part II

by Blank Rome LLP on

This article highlights several strategies for maximizing the value of a cyber insurance purchase. The first part of the article, which appeared in the May 2017 issue of Pratt’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Report, highlighted...more

Privacy Perils: To Insure or Not to Insure – Options for Cyberliability Insurance

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The commercial cyberliability insurance market is well-established, with U.S. corporations now spending in excess of $1 billion annually on insurance premiums for coverage....more

No More Tears: Insurance Coverage For The "WannaCry" Ransomware Attack

by Jones Day on

This month's WannaCry "ransomware" attack—the first truly global incident of its kind—is believed to have affected at least 300,000 computers in over 150 countries, claiming among its victims many large corporations and...more

Ninety Days and Counting: NY Cyber Regulation’s First Deadline

Faced with an approaching August 28th deadline, the more than 3,000 financial institutions that do business in New York should be knee-deep in implementing the first wave of requirements under the State’s sweeping and...more

The D.C. Court of Appeals Just Scrapped the Drone Registry and May Have Also Turned Homeowners Insurers into Aviation Insurers

Model-aircraft hobbyist John Taylor didn’t want to register his model aircraft with the FAA pursuant to the newly created drone registry. So he took on the FAA, challenging new regulations aimed at unmanned aircraft...more

FAA Drone/Human Collision Analysis Study Helpful for Drone Insurance

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

The FAA recently published the results of a study that was designed to evaluate the risks of serious injury to a pedestrian resulting from a drone collision. ...more

Winery, Vineyard Cyber Attack Risk Grows With Web-Connected Systems

In the internet of things (IoT), new opportunities for efficiency continually bring new cyber risk. If a device in your winery or vineyard connects to the internet, it is vulnerable. And so is the rest of the system connected...more

Sprouting Activity at the NAIC

by Carlton Fields on

Various NAIC groups have planted seeds for a number of regulatory initiatives that impact life insurers. The Cybersecurity Task Force has been tilling the ground in preparation for a third draft of the NAIC Cybersecurity...more

Regulators Demand Third-Party Risk Management

by Carlton Fields on

While third-party risk management has been a required component of an effective enterprise risk management program for many years, the topic is receiving elevated attention at insurance companies and related businesses....more

New York’s Cyber Regulation: A National Blueprint?

New York’s top banking regulator would like the state’s new sweeping – and highly detailed – cybersecurity regulation to serve as a national model for insurance companies in safeguarding their institutions from cybercrime....more

New York Sets Its Sights on Cybersecurity Weaknesses at Financial Institutions

The New York State Department of Financial Services’ (NYDFS) cybersecurity regulations went into effect March 1, 2017, and the first of the staggered implementation deadlines is quickly approaching on August 28, 2017. Touted...more

NAIC Model Cyber Law: Yet Another Regulatory Measure

The National Association of Insurance Commissioner’s (NAIC) model cybersecurity law will take center stage later this week at the group’s annual meeting in Denver. In its third draft, the Insurance Data Security Model...more

DFS Chief to Address State Insurance Commissioners on NYS Cyber Regulation

New York State Department of Financial Services Superintendent Maria T. Vullo is scheduled to discuss the state’s new “first in the nation” cybersecurity regulation later this week at the National Association of Insurance...more

Rosen Hotels Fined After Data Breach and Facing Federal Lawsuit

This week Rosen Millennium Technology Group, the sister company to Rosen Hotels & Resorts, was sued by its insurance company, St. Paul Fire & Marine, which is denying coverage for a data breach that was discovered in 2016. ...more

What DFS Cybersecurity Regulation Portends for the Compliance Practitioner

by Thomas Fox on

The state of New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued the first state-level regulations on cybersecurity for financial institutions with its Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies release,...more

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