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Beware the New Cyber Insurance Trap

Posted by Anto Almasian, AAI on Feb 23, 2024 1:25:57 PM

Understanding "Out-of-Band Verification" Clauses

The landscape of cyber insurance and the terms and conditions offered by providers are shifting. An increasingly common clause raising eyebrows is the "out-of-band verification" requirement. This stipulation, often buried within policy details, can significantly impact your coverage in case of cyberattacks like social engineering and funds transfer fraud.

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Topics: Breach, Cyber, Ransomware, Hack, Hacking, Data, Insurance, Spear Phishing

Cyber Monday is coming, beware of cyber attacks

Posted by Risk Management Team on Nov 15, 2023 2:37:48 PM

Common Social Engineering Tactics to Watch For
Social engineering refers to a cyberattack method in which a cybercriminal preys on key human behaviors (e.g., trust of authority, fear of conflict and promise of rewards) to obtain unwarranted access to targets’ technology, systems, funds or data. These attacks can be deployed through various tactics, such as digital impersonation, deceitful messages or malicious software (known as malware). Social engineering attacks have become a significant threat to businesses of all sizes and sectors; after all, anyone can be targeted in these incidents—including entry-level workers, managers and CEOs. With this in mind, it’s crucial for businesses to be aware of frequently utilized social engineering methods and adopt effective cybersecurity measures to help mitigate these incidents. This article outlines common social engineering tactics to watch for and offers associated prevention and response tips.

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Topics: Cyber, Ransomware, Hack, Hacking, Spear Phishing


Posted by Anto Almasian, AAI on Sep 27, 2023 12:59:10 PM

If you think all cyber insurance policies are the same, think again!

What may surprise you is that, unlike many other insurance policies you purchase, cyber policies don’t share any common policy forms. Each carrier custom tailors their insuring agreements that make up your policy. Technically, this is referred to as a “Named Perils” policy. The coverage only applies to what’s explicitly stated in the policy.

So why is this important? Many policyholders believe that when shopping for cyber insurance, as long as the limits match, the process is apples to apples. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Policyholders (aka “insureds”) need to be hyper-aware that depending on the policy, coverage can change.

For example, cyber crime is often a reason for insureds to purchase coverage. Stories of Wire Transfer Fraud and ransomware are rampant for a good reason. According to the law firm BakerHostetler’s 2023 Data Security Incident Response Report (bit.ly/BakerHReport), the current year has experienced dramatically increased ransomware activity compared to 2022. Their research also has shown that ransomware accounts for 28% of all cyber incidents, with an average ransom payment of over $600,000 and significantly longer recovery times than in years past. Wire Transfer Fraud wasn’t far behind, accounting for 13% of incidents, with a median wire transfer loss of $97,044 and funds recovery on only 24% of all cases.

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Topics: Breach, Cyber, Ransomware, Hack, Data, Spear Phishing

Cyber Criminals Spear Phishing Your Money!

Posted by Gia Diep on Apr 5, 2022 1:05:03 PM

A growing number of businesses, organization and individuals are falling victim to internet fraud where they are tricked into directing payments to a cyber-criminal.  What can you do to protect your business?

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Topics: Breach, Cyber, Ransomware, Hacking, Spear Phishing

Cyber Crime is Here to Stay

Posted by Anto Almasian, AAI on Mar 10, 2022 1:34:07 PM

If it seems like every couple of weeks there’s a cyber-incident dominating the evening news; it’s because there truly is. Cyber-Attacks, especially those involving Ransomware, have taken center stage in news coverage since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. And now, with the situation in Ukraine, the Cyberthreat is even greater. 

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Topics: Cyber, Ransomware, Hacking, Risk Management

More about cyber and how it impacts your business

Posted by Risk Management Team on Dec 7, 2021 12:16:33 PM
How do you protect your business from the m assive increases in cyber attacks?  These attacks present themselves in various forms.
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Topics: Breach, Cyber, Ransomware, Hack, Hacking, Data, Risk Management

You've been hacked.  Now What??

Posted by Gia Diep on Aug 17, 2021 3:26:54 PM

It seems that Cyber-Attacks and Ransomware incidents are in the news every day.  Some experts are saying that it is not if, but rather when you are hacked.  Having strong Data Security practices within your organization is the best way to prevent a breach.  A comprehensive Cyber Insurance policy tailored to fit your needs is the best way to recover from a breach. 

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Topics: Breach, Cyber, Ransomware, Hacking, Insurance, Risk Management, Claims

Marijuana Legal in NY.  What does this mean for your business

Posted by Risk Management Team on Jun 8, 2021 2:08:07 PM

New York Has Legalized Marijuana. ... The law allows New Yorkers over the age of 21 to possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis for recreational use. People with certain marijuana-related convictions will have their records expunged immediately.

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Topics: Cyber, Ransomware, Hacking, Risk Management, Cities, Towns, Village

Is your district prepared for a CYBER incident?

Posted by Risk Management Team on Mar 8, 2021 1:50:48 PM

The stakes are higher than ever for cyber incidents and ransomware attacks.

The pandemic has increased the fear and uncertainty, and led to behavioral changes for students, staff, and even parents.

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Topics: Cyber, Ransomware, Hacking, Insurance, School, school budget

Is Cyber Insurance the new D&O?

Posted by Risk Management Team on Nov 9, 2017 9:01:47 AM

 As cyber-attacks continue to escalate in frequency and severity, you can’t afford NOT to protect your business from data breach.  Criminals are constantly working on new ways to hack into your computer systems, steal data and create chaos.

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Topics: Breach, Cyber, Ransomware, Hack, Hacking, Data