Please join me for IAPP’s Global Privacy Summit, March 5-7, 2014 in Washington, DC!

PrivacyI’m excited to announce that I’m going to be presenting a session on insurance coverage issues relating to data privacy and cybersecurity at the upcoming International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit.  It’s a premier privacy conference for privacy professionals, in house counsel, risk managers, and others who are interested in privacy and cybersecurity issues.  IAPP advertises that up to 23.5 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credits are available, and up to 20 hours of continuing privacy education (CPE) credits are available.

Here is a brief overview of the Global Privacy Summit, from the IAPP website:

The privacy conversation starts right here.
The story is happening right now.
Be part of it at the Summit.

Thanks to new technologies and increasing public awareness, we are seeing record engagement in the privacy space—there’s more dialogue than ever before.

And for years, the IAPP Global Privacy Summit has helped to drive this change, engaging minds and creating discourse. It is the largest and most-anticipated privacy conference in the world.

Conference Hotel and Location:

Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20008

My panel will be:

Thursday, March 6, 2:30-4:00 pm

You can click this link to register now.

Disclaimer:

This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2013.

Note:  as a speaker at the conference, I will not be charged a fee to attend the remainder of the conference.

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Please join me for: “Cyber Security Liability and Privacy: When a Breach Happens.”

cybersecurityI’m excited to present on cybersecurity and insurance coverage issues to emerging growth companies at a live seminar on Thursday, November 7, 2013, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am.  It will be at bwtech@UMBC North : 5520 Research Park Dr, St 110, Baltimore, MD 21228.  The seminar is:

 

Cyber Security Liability and Privacy: When a Breach Happens

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Here are the details from the website announcement:


Cyber Security Liability and Privacy: When a Breach Happens – Who’s Liable, Who’s Responsible

As cyber attacks plague critical infrastructure, financial institutions, and the federal government, liability and privacy remains a growing concern. With losses mounting and sensitive information being leaked several questions remain unanswered – who’s liable, who’s responsible, what are enterprises doing to protect their customers?

We’ll discuss cyber security liability, privacy, and insurance issues.  We’ll also explore some of the basic coverages offered under insurance policies for cyber and privacy risks, provide details on claims that have been covered, discuss the costs for these insurance products, provide an overview of data breach claims and litigation, cyber forensics, and more.

My panel will include:

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This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2013.

Note:  as a speaker at the conference, I will not be charged a fee to attend the conference.

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Join me for ACI’s 7th Cyber & Data Risk Insurance Conference!

cybersecurityAre you looking for a conference discussing insurance coverage for cyber and data risk issues, “that provides the highest level insights on advancements in technology, products, pricing, coverage options, prevention strategies and more”? And do you want a conference that gives you the chance to earn CLE credit while hearing from “enforcement and regulatory initiatives straight from the federal and state agencies“?  Of course you do.  Then you should join me for the American Conference Institute 7th Cyber & Data Risk Insurance conference.

Here are some introductory details:

Cyber & Data Risk Insurance

Monday, September 30 to Tuesday, October 01, 2013
In response to new risks and exposures, American Conference Institute has developed the 7th installment of its lauded Cyber & Data Risk Insurance conference. A September tradition in NYC, join us to hear from a highly regarded faculty including the FTC, DOJ, SEC, FDIC, various state AG offices, as well as the industry’s leaders from around the country. Each year the event has grown in scope and size and this year the agenda is brimming with cutting edge topics and new additions to the faculty. This is the “go to” event where you can learn about advancements in technology, products, pricing, coverage options, prevention strategies and more.

Hear and network with the industry leaders about the right coverage options for your company and how you can protect data from financial and reputational loss. Compare products, and learn about pricing policies and new exposures to risk in this ever growing industry. Whether you are an insurance agent, broker, risk adjuster, claims manager, and/or counsel you will walk away from the conference with invaluable information that you can use in your practice right away.

My panel will be:

September 30, 2013, 9:35 am Eastern

State of the Market: New Exposures, Coverage Options, Claim Trends and Risk Evaluation, Pricing and Selling, and What Policyholders Should Now Be Looking for in a Policy

Graeme Newman
Marketing Director
CFC Underwriting

Adam Sills
Vice President
Allied World National Assurance Company

Scott N. Godes
Partner
Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Erica Davis
Vice President – Senior Advisory Specialist
Underwriting Manager
Zurich North America, Specialty E&O

Scott Kannry
Vice President
Financial Services Group | Professional Risk Solutions
AON

Maria Treglia
Chief Sales Officer, SVP-Professional Liability
Program Brokerage Corp.

New Exposures & Coverage Options

  • How has the market evolved and how have forms changed in the last 12 months?
  • Where will the coverage head in the next 12 months and what are the most significant issues that need to be addressed?
  • Network security and privacy policies: how they are changing and what are the different carrier approaches

Insurance and Policy Forms

  • Examining the issue of lack of uniform forms
  • How more forms are offering built in media liability exposure What Policyholders Are and Should be Looking For in a Cyber Policy
  • What liability and fi rst-party coverages are desirable?
  • Identifying and understanding pitfalls in coverage
  • Reasons companies have or have not bought coverage
  • How standards are evolving in response to new technology threats
  • Consumer redress: when is it covered and when not?
  • Filling in the coverage gap: Understanding the disconnect in what is purchased and what is actually covered

Key Considerations for Cyber Liability Coverage

  • Understanding of the products and their variety in the market
  • What is the effect of expanded risk on insurance coverage?
  • Evaluating risk and how the clients wants to proceed
  • Clarifying confusion as to whether a cyber liability product should be stand alone or better built as an existing product or endorsement

Pricing, Selling and Marketing Cyber Risk Policies

  • Pricing of network security and privacy policies
  • Examining the competitive marketplace and how various types of coverage are formulated and priced
  • Where do brokers see the coverage going and what are the most significant issues that need to be addressed?
  • Tailoring the product to accommodate a buyer’s needs: privacy issues; media exposures; cyber crime; security breaches
  • Marketing and selling coverage

Please register here:
Register Now

Disclaimer:

This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2013.

Note:  as a speaker at the conference, I will not be charged a fee to attend the remainder of the conference.

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Join me for the ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s 2013 Annual CLE Seminar in Tucson, Arizona!

Tucson skyline and Catalina Mountains at duskWinter got you down?  Want to get away to someplace warm and dry?  Do you want to learn about insurance coverage, mingle with insurance coverage practitioners, and get continuing legal education (CLE) credits while you are enjoying the weather?  Of course you do.  Insurance coverage is crucial at any time, and you know that insurance coverage during the economic downturn is essential.  And if you are an attorney licensed in a jurisdiction that requires CLE credits, aren’t you always on the lookout for high quality legal education seminars that will help you meet your CLE annual requirements?

If you said yes to any of those questions, then you’ll want to join me in Tucson, Arizona at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort for the ABA’s 2013 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC) CLE seminar, from February 28 through March 2, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona.

Here’s what the ABA ICLC says about the seminar:

Please join the nation’s top insurance and policyholders’ counsel and other industry leaders at the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s 25th Anniversary CLE Seminar at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona starting on February 28 through March 2, 2013. This year’s program will feature high-quality presentations and valuable networking opportunities as prior ICLC programs. Our program chairs Suzan Charlton and Rahul Karnani and vice chairs, Anna Torres and Jim Cooper have put together a great program touching on multiple hot topics that are sure to touch upon your practice, and cutting edge trial techniques. Please look for the brochure shortly and be sure to reserve you room quickly.  If you missed last year’s meeting, you will certainly enjoy the amenities at the Loews including its hiking trails, pool side bar and restaurant, spa and golf course.  We look forward to seeing you in Tucson.

You ABA Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Co-Chairs,

Ronald L. Kammer and Sherilyn Pastor

I will be speaking at a roundtable discussion about cyber legislation and regulation, and insurance coverage for those issues.  Will we discuss issues such as the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Corporation Finance’s Disclosure Guidance Topic No. 2, Cybersecurity and insurance coverage in light of that guidance?  Come to the session and find out!:

Friday, March 1, 2013
12:35 pm – 2:00 pm

Cyber Legislation and Regulation: The Full Employment for Lawyers Acts.

Speakers:

Scott N. Godes

Rick Bortnick

Elissa Doroff

Interested in attending?  Then head on over to the ABA’s website to register.  If you’re looking for the reservations page for the event on the Loews Ventana Canyon hotel website, you can find it by clicking here.

Disclaimer:

This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2013.

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My Co-Authored Chapter, “Helping Clients Evaluate Their Cyber Risks” Just Published In “Understanding Developments in Cyberspace Law, 2012 ed.”!

I’m happy to announce that the chapter that I co-authored with Mike Tomasulo, who practices intellectual property law in our firm‘s Los Angeles office, was published in “Understanding Developments in Cyberspace Law, 2012 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Recent Trends, Case Laws, and Legal Strategies Affecting the Internet Landscape (Inside the Minds) New Edition.”

Here is a brief overview of what’s in the book, Understanding Developments in Cyberspace Law, 2012 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Recent Trends, Case Laws, and Legal Strategies Affecting the Internet Landscape (Inside the Minds) New Edition:
This Aspatore legal title provides an authoritative, insider’s perspective on recent cases and legislation that are influencing the Internet. Written by partners from some of the nation’s leading law firms, this book examines current issues such as privacy, intellectual property, and data security. From mobile commerce to social media, these experts analyze the ways in which cyberspace demands new legal perspectives. In addition, these top lawyers discuss e-discovery issues and the best methods for helping clients protect themselves in a rapidly growing electronic environment.
For more information on the entire book, please check out the Summary of Contents.
Here is an excerpt from the introduction to our chapter:

Due to the increasing implementation of connected computer systems, courts and legislators around the world are creating Internet law, also known as cyber law, on a daily basis. . . .  Among many issues in cyber law, property rights are one of the most conceptually challenging issues that attorneys must assist their clients with. . . .

The chapter  discusses multiple cyber-related topics, including:

I.  Trends in Cyberspace Law

II.  Legislation and Rulings Impacting Cyber Law Issues

III.  The Intersection of Insurance and Cyber Risks

IV.  Patent Issues and Litigation in Cyberspace 

V.  Contracting in Cyberspace Media 

VI.  Understanding Cyber Law in Other Jurisdictions 

We conclude the chapter with some key takeaways for companies facing these risks.
Here are more details about the book, click here.  Ordering information is below:
ISBN-13: 9780314285249
Last Updated: 6/29/2012
Availability: In Stock
List Price:
$90.00

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This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2012.

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Join me for the IRMI Cyber & Privacy Risk Conference.

IRMI Cyber & Privacy Risk Conference.  Mark your calendar to join us in Baltimore, MD on May 16-17, 2012.

Noted cybersecurity, homeland and national security expert Richard A. Clarke will deliver the keynote address.

Discussing the last IRMI Cyber & Privacy Risk Conference, IRMI notes:

This past July in San Francisco, 100 risk managers, underwriters, agents and brokers attended the first IRMI Cyber & Privacy Risk Conference.

These industry thought leaders came away with a greatly improved understanding of how to identify, contractually transfer, and insure liability risks arising from the use of technology and the Internet in business. Many networking opportunities were provided to build relationships with leaders in cyber and privacy risk management and insurance.

My session will be:

Wednesday, May 16, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

The Cyber Risk Regulatory and Legal HorizonAs the web of laws and regulatory requirements increases, managing the risks of cyber security becomes even more challenging. On top of the multitude of state laws, the SEC recently released reporting requirements and Congress is set to take up a number of bills during 2012. This workshop will provide an overview the range of laws and regulations in place and explore the new legislative developments affecting cyber insurance and risks, as well as the reporting requirements issued recently by the SEC.

Panelists:

  • Scott N. Godes, Counsel in the Insurance Coverage Practice, [formerly] Dickstein Shapiro LLP
  • Jacob Olcott, Principal, Cybersecurity, Good Harbor Consulting, LLC
  • Tim Stapleton, Assistant Vice President and Professional Liability Product Manager, Zurich North America
  • Other Panelists To Be Announced

Interested in attending?  Then head on over to the RIMS 2012 website to register.

Disclaimer:

This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2012.

Note:  as a speaker at the conference, I will not be charged a fee related to the conference.

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“A Lawyer’s Advice for Evaluating Your Cyber Coverage”

I recently wrote an article titled, “A Lawyer’s Advice for Evaluating Your Cyber Coverage:  Policies vary significantly from carrier to carrier—and even within the various forms of one company.”  It has been published on the Property Casualty 360° website, republished from the February 6, 2012 issue of National Underwriter.

In the article, I discuss insurance coverage for data breaches, cyber risks, cyberattacks, and cyber events, including what factors to consider when buying cyberinsurance policies for cyber risks.  I also discuss how different cyber risks may be characterized, whether as within first party, or third party insurance coverages, and how to keep those risk factors in mind when brokering, broking, or buying a cyberinsurance policy.

Here is a brief excerpt from the article:

Policyholders and insureds exposed to cyber risks would be well served to analyze carefully their insurance policies to determine exactly which coverages apply to them—and to see if any critical coverages are missing.

Cyber Liability insurance should provide coverage for the vast majority of key cyber risks, and there may also be overlapping coverage under other policies for such exposures.

The first place that a company should look to determine whether it has, or may have, coverage for cyber risks is any specific Cyber Liability policies that the entity holds. A very close look at these policies is warranted, as the coverage under such policies often varies significantly from carrier to carrier—and even within the various forms that one particular insurance company offers.

Want to read moreThen click on over to the full article.

Disclaimer:

This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2011.

Join me for RIMS 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Philadelphia!

Looking for a fantastic seminar devoted to risk and insurance?  Are you a risk manager?  Are you part of the insurance industry?  Are you someone who helps companies get their claims covered and paid (that’s me! that’s me!)?

Of course, then, you want to attend a risk management seminar with “no boundaries.”  Well, look no further.  “No boundaries” is how RIMS describes its RIMS12 annual conference for 2012:

If your organization is like most, risk is not confined to just one department. Everyone has risk management responsibilities. At RIMS 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition, there are no limits to the information and resources available to help you and your organization innovatively minimize risks. You’ll find a wide array of educational sessions offering practical strategies, no matter what your business area. Sessions are offered at all experience levels—from beginner to advanced—so you can design an educational experience that fits your needs. And, the Exhibit Hall is jam-packed with solutions–everything you’ll need for the upcoming year.

The event is from April 15-18, 2012 in Philadelphia.

Not sure whether you should attend?  Here’s what RIMS says, and I couldn’t have said it better myself:

The Value of Attending

As the current economic climate continues to affect companies, some critical training and education budgets have been slashed or put on hold. Yet, the need for proper training, innovative tools and resources is greater now than ever before. At RIMS 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition you will participate in the single most educational, informative conference for risk professionals. Refresh your skill set, pick up new tips and techniques, and network with nearly 10,000 risk professionals.

But just in case you need help justifying the value of attending RIMS to your management, here are the top reasons why you should register today:

  • Top-notch education–With 120+ sessions, hot topic sessions, keynote presentations, a jam-packed Exhibit Hall and unique networking opportunities, RIMS ’12 has more new strategies, ideas and practical solutions in one place that you will find anywhere else!
  • Keynote presentations–You’ll hear business visionaries share how to best utilize your resources in this time of financial uncertainty, enhance your leadership skills and align effective risk management with your organization’s business goals. Learn how to incorporate successful change management strategies into your risk policy, work in constantly evolving markets and structure your risk program to handle planned—and unplanned—challenges as they arise.
  • Industry leaders–Solve today’s challenges with the help of top industry leaders. At RIMS 2012, world-class speakers will discuss techniques and best practices that will advance your understanding of risk management and help you maneuver your risk program past current and future obstacles. This is the knowledge that will ensure your organization’s stability and growth—especially in these demanding times!
  • Save your company money!–Attend sessions that will save your company money and take away cost-cutting strategies. Your registration will have paid for itself! View the conference program to find the best sessions to fit your business needs.
  • Exhibit Hall–Walk through the Exhibit Hall to meet with service providers and discover thousands of ground-breaking resources, the latest innovations and breakthrough solutions. Hold on to those business cards—they will help you create innovative strategies and find new solutions when you need them.
  • Networking–Navigate the twists and turns of developing a successful risk management program with nearly 10,000 leading risk professionals who will bring a fresh perspective to your risk program. We’ve got events such as a grand Opening Reception, keynote presentations, award receptions, Wednesday Night Spectacular and more for you to meet old friends and make new ones.
  • Make a difference–Join your peers and give back to Vancouver, our host city, or support the future of the risk management industry. Participate in RIMS Community Service Day or join us for the Spencer Educational Foundation fundraising event. Details on these special events are available in the conference program.
  • Global reach–Attendees from more than 50 countries will come together in Philadelphia at RIMS 2012 to learn how to improve their risk program and operate efficiently and effectively in today’s global marketplace. Learn the challenges of doing business in China, balancing operational risks associated with global sourcing, tips for implementing a global risk program, and more! Attend one of the sessions offered in Spanish and Japanese for a truly global perspective. What’s more, you’ll find many multinational corporations and international organizations in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Share your knowledge–Host an “everything I learned at RIMS ’12” information session for your coworkers and pass on the new tools and strategies that you acquired, as well as information on the new contacts and solution providers you met.
  • It’s the premier industry conference–In terms of learning, networking, solution-sharing, peer exchange and connecting with service providers, RIMS ’12 is the only place where you can find it all. So, join us in Philadelphia and gain the advantage that you need to elevate your profile with your organization!

My session will be CLM203: Cyber Attacks and Privacy Claims: Litigation, Insurance and Crisis Management.  Joined by Rick Bortnick and Art Boyle, we’ll be discussing insurance coverage for cyberrisks and privacy claims, including data breaches, denial-of-service attacks, privacy class actions, and other cybersecurity and privacy events:

Session Code: CLM203
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Time: 8:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Every day, the media reports another major cyber breach. No person or corporation is immune. Government entities, financial institutions, health care providers, Fortune 500 companies and even cyber-security firms are under constant attack. And the inevitable class action privacy breach lawsuits follow. The trend among courts and government regulators has been to allow these suits to proceed to discovery and beyond. The associated costs are increasing exponentially. A single cyber breach could cost tens of millions of dollars. Projections for costs from the Sony breach start at $1 billion. You may think to look to your cyber or tech insurer for help, but what about a straightforward first- or third-party policy or a professional services policy? Is the theft of information covered under a fiduciary policy? How will you address and coordinate the crisis management? Who do you hire? Can a law firm help? And while an increasing number of underwriters offer cyber-insurance products, many claims professionals are not yet familiar with the coverages or how to evaluate and handle the resultant claims. Become better informed with a debate on cyber risks and litigation, crisis management, loss control, the applicability of insurance and cyber-risk strategies.
Panel

Interested in attending?  Then head on over to the RIMS 2012 website to register.

Disclaimer:

This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2011.

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Join me for the ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s 2012 Annual CLE Seminar in Tucson, Arizona!

You know that insurance touches every aspect of litigation, not to mention its importance in the context of corporate transactions, right?  In today’s economic climate, the value of insurance is critical.  As an attorney, you want to stay informed about the latest trends in insurance coverage law, right?  You’re probably also looking for some CLE credit as well.  Do you want to go some place warm this winter?  Maybe Arizona?

If you said “yes” to any of those questions, then you should join me at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort for the ABA’s 2012 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC) CLE seminar, from March 1-3, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona.

Here’s what the ABA ICLC says about the seminar:

Why You Should Attend
Insurance touches every aspect of litigation. In today’s economy, it is critical to stay informed on the latest trends in the law. Join many of the nation’s top insurance company and policyholders’ counsel and other industry leaders at the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Annual CLE Seminar. This year’s program once again will provide the same high-quality presentations and valuable networking  opportunities as prior ICLC programs.

What You Will Learn

  • How to make rain. Learn what clients really want from their lawyers and how to expand business.
  • When disasters strike. How insurance coverage can assist the construction, energy, and hospitality industries.
  • The credit crisis and how D & O coverage may help pay for these claims.
  • How to present coverage issues at trial. Can you make insurance issues interesting?
  • Can you overcome insurer bias? Learn from practitioners who have faced these challenges.
  • Overlooked and underutilized provisions in insurance policies.
  • Privilege issues in insurance coverage litigation.
  • Can a policyholder recover consequential damages in the absence of bad faith?

Who Should Attend

  • All attorneys who litigate in the area of insurance coverage.
  • In-house counsel and seasoned practitioners needing an update from the leading trial lawyers, experts and members of the judiciary on the latest legal developments.

My panel will be the greatest panel ever,* discussing insurance coverage for cyberrisks, including data breaches, denial-of-service attacks, and other cybersecurity events:

Saturday, March 3, 2012
9:05 am – 10:05 am CLE breakout session

Insurance Coverage for Data Breaches, Denial-of-Service Attacks, and Cybersecurity Events, and the Tidal Wave of Class Action Lawsuits Following Data Breach Disclosures.
There has been a recent tidal wave of data breaches, network interruptions, and cyberattacks, resulting in countless class actions. This program will explore how insurance coverage may help fund the costs to defend these lawsuits. Would your insurance policies cover those events? What coverages are available in the marketplace?

Speakers:

Scott N. Godes

Rick Bortnick

Jennifer Smith

William T. Um

Hon. Carl West

Interested in attending?  Then head on over to the ABA’s website to register.  If you’re looking for the reservations page for the event on the Loews Ventana Canyon hotel website, you can find it by clicking here.

*I cannot guarantee that you will find this to be the greatest panel ever.  But you might.  Isn’t that good enough for you?

Disclaimer:

This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2011.

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Join me for IQPC’s Cyber-Risk & Data Breach Management Summit

Are you looking for a conference discussing cyber risk and data breach management issues?  Do you want to network with industry insiders, compare products and strategies, and to learn valuable information on potential cyber risks and liabilities?  If you do, then you’ll want to join me at the IQPC Cyber-Risk & Data Breach Management Summit on November 30-December 2, 2011.

Here are the introductory details:

Managing the Risk and Impact of Data Breaches without Disrupting Business Innovation and Growth

Virtually every business today is facing cyber risks, ranging from the loss of information on a single laptop to disruption of its entire business due to a data center outage or attack. In today’s information economy, the protection of data is a key element in the long-term competitiveness and survival of commercial organizations. Whether faced by a regulatory investigation or litigation stemming from a data breach organizations have understand and address the cyber risks they continually face and exercise due care in implementing policies to protect their business and comply with regulations. Effective cyber security depends on coordinated, integrated preparations for responding to and recovering from, a range of possible cyber attacks. The best approach to information security incorporates risk management as part of the firm’s overall strategy and objectives.

This conference will provide an innovative and fresh eye to traditional cyber security processes and tools, and will present ideas and real-life examples that you can apply to your organization’s risk management programs. Furthermore, this conference will highlight how cyber risk insurance can protect your company in the event it suffers a breach and mitigate your risk.

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NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 2, 2011 | SENTRY CENTER, NEW YORK, NY

My panel will be on December 2, at 9:45 am:

Lessons from the Latest Litigation and Enforcement Actions Resulting from a Breach

This session will examine case studies based on recent litigation as a result of data breach incidents that will help you learn to recognize the potential weaknesses that present themselves prior to an account data
compromise. You will learn the most up-to-date detection and prevention practices your organization can implement to prevent a potentially damaging breach from occurring.

Interested in attending?  [ Register Now ]

Update:  If you’d like to attend, and would like a huge discount (seriously huge, way bigger than your typical cyber Monday discounts), let me know ASAP, and I’ll put you in touch with the organizer.

Disclaimer:

This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2011.

Note:  as a speaker at the conference, I will not be charged a fee to attend the remainder of the conference.

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Would your company’s insurance cover a cyberattack?

DDoSOn October 27, 2011, CNN.com posted:

A massive cyberattack that led to a vulnerability in RSA’s SecurID tags earlier this year also victimized Google, Facebook, Microsoft and many other big-named companies, according to a new analysis released this week.

The Krebs On Security blog posted:

Security experts have said that RSA wasn’t the only corporation victimized in the attack, and that dozens of other multinational companies were infiltrated using many of the same tools and Internet infrastructure.

This is in line with comments from others, including this quote from Digital Forensic Investigator News, that “2011 has quickly become the year of the cyber attack.”  Would your insurance policies cover those events?  Beyond the denial of service attacks that made news headlines, a shocking “80 percent of respondents” in a survey of “200 IT security execs” “have faced large scale denial of service attacks,” according to a ZDNet story.[1]  These attacks and threats do not appear to be on a downward trend.  They continue to be in the news after cyberattacks allegedly took place against “U.S. government Web sites – including those of the White House and the State Department –” over the July 4, 2009 holiday weekend.[2]  The alleged attacks were not only against government sites; they allegedly included, “according to a cyber-security specialist who has been tracking the incidents, . . . those run by the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, The Washington Post, Amazon.com and MarketWatch.”[3]  The more recent ZDNet survey shows that a quarter of respondents faced denial of service attacks on a weekly or even daily basis, with cyberextortion threats being made as well.[4]

Denial of Service Attacks

The cyberattacks that have stolen recent headlines were denial of service incidents.  Personnel from “CERT® Program,” which “is part of the federally funded Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” have explained:

Denial of service attacks come in a variety of forms and aim at a variety of services. There are three basic types of attack:

  • consumption of scarce, limited, or non-renewable resources
  • destruction or alteration of configuration information
  • physical destruction or alteration of network components.[5]

Some attacks are comparable to “tak[ing] an ax to a piece of hardware” and are known as “so-called permanent denial-of-service (PDOS) attack[s].”[6]  If a system suffers such an attack, which also has been called “pure hardware sabotage,” it “requires replacement or reinstallation of hardware.”[7]

What Insurance Coverage Might Apply?

The first place to look for insurance coverage for a denial of service attack is a cybersecurity policy.  The market for cybersecurity policies has been called the Wild West of insurance marketplaces.  Cyber security and data breach policies, certain forms of which may be known as Network Risk, Cyber-Liability, Privacy and Security, or Media Liability insurance, are relatively new to the marketplace and are ever-changing.  The Insurance Services Office, Inc., which designs and seeks regulatory approval for many insurance policy forms and language, has a standard insurance form called the “Internet Liability and Network Protection Policy,” and insurance companies may base their coverages on this basic insuring agreement, or they may provide their own company-worded policy form.  Because of the variety of coverages being offered, a careful review of the policy form before a claim hits is critical to understand whether the cyberpolicy will provide coverage, and, if it will, how much coverage is available for the event.  If your company does make a claim under a cyberpolicy, engaging experienced coverage counsel who is familiar with coverage for cybersecurity claims will help get the claim covered properly and fight an insurance company’s attempt to deny the claim or otherwise improperly try to limit coverage that is due under the policy.

If your company faces a denial of service cyberattack and suffers losses as a result, but your company has not purchased a specialized suite of policies marketed as cyber security policies, coverage nonetheless may be available under other insurance policies.  In addition, other insurance policies may provide coverage that overlaps with a cyberinsurance policy.  Consider whether first party all risk or property coverage may apply.  First party all risk policies typically provide coverage for the policyholder’s losses due to property damage.  If the denial of service cyberattack caused physical damage to your company’s servers or hard drives, your company’s first party all risk insurer should not have a credible argument that there was no property damage.  Even if the damage is limited to data and software, however, it may be argued that the loss is covered under your company’s first party all risk policy, as some courts have found that damage to data and software consists of property damage.[8]

First party policies may also provide coverage for extra expense, business interruption, and contingent business interruption losses due to a cyberattack.  (Contingent business interruption losses may include losses that the policyholder faces arising out of a cyber security-based business interruption of another party, such as a cloud provider, network host, or others.)[9]

Look also to other first party coverages, such as crime and fidelity policies, to determine whether there may be coverage for losses due to a cyberattack.  In particular, crime policies may have endorsements, such as computer fraud endorsements, that may cover losses from a denial of service cyberattack.[10]

If, after a cyberattack, third parties seek to hold your company responsible for their alleged losses, consider whether your company’s liability policies would provide coverage.  More importantly, consider your company’s commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policy, if your company does not have a specialized cyber liability policy.  If your company did buy a cyberinsurance policy, there is coverage under a CGL policy (and others) that may overlap the coverage in a cyberinsurance policy, providing your company with additional limits of insurance coverage available for the claim.

The first coverage provided in a standard-form CGL insurance policy covers liability for property damage.  Similar to the analysis above for first party all risk policies, if there was damage to servers or hard drives, insurers should not be heard to argue that there was no property damage.  Courts are divided as to whether damage to data or software alone consists of property damage under insurance policies, with some courts recognizing that “the computer data in question ‘was physical, had an actual physical location, occupied space and was capable of being physically damaged and destroyed’” and that such lost data was covered under a CGL policy.[11]  Be aware, however, that the insurance industry has revised many CGL policies to include definitions giving insurers stronger arguments that damage to data and software will not be considered property damage.  But also note that your company’s CGL policy may have endorsements that provide coverage specifically for damage to data and software.[12]  Consider further whether a claim would fall within the property damage coverage for loss of use of tangible property—loss of use of servers and hard drives because of the cyberattack; loss of use of computers arising out of alleged software and data-based causes has been held sufficient to trigger a CGL policy’s property damage coverage.[13]

Keep in mind that if there is a claim for property damage under a CGL policy, there may be coverage for obligations that your company has under indemnity agreements.  Standard form CGL policies provide coverage for indemnity agreements.[14]

Depending on the types of claims asserted, other liability policies may be triggered as well.  For example, directors and officers liability policies may provide coverage for investigation costs,[15] and errors and omissions policies also may cover, if the cybersecurity claims may be considered to be within the definition of “wrongful act.”[16]  The takeaway for companies suffering from a cyberattack is that a careful review of all policies held by the insured is warranted to make certain that the most comprehensive coverage may be pursued.


[1] Larry Dignan, Cyberattacks on Critical Infrastructure Intensify, ZDNet, http://m.zdnet.com/blog/btl/cyberattacks-on-critical-infrastructure-intensify/47455 (Apr. 19, 2011).

[2] U.S. Government Sites Among Those Hit by Cyberattack, CNN, http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/07/08/government.hacking/index.html (July 8, 2009).

[3] Siobhan Gorman & Evan Ramstad, Cyber Blitz Hits U.S., Korea, Wall St. J., http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124701806176209691.html (July 9, 2009).

[4] Larry Dignan, Cyberattacks on Critical Infrastructure Intensify, ZDNet, http://m.zdnet.com/blog/btl/cyberattacks-on-critical-infrastructure-intensify/47455 (Apr. 19, 2011).

[5] Denial of Service Attacks, CERT, http://www.cert.org/tech_tips/denial_of_service.html (last visited July 9, 2009); About CERT, CERT, http://www.cert.org/meet_cert/ (last visited July 10, 2009).

[6] Kelly Jackson Higgins, Permanent Denial-of-Service Attack Sabotages Hardware, Security Dark Reading, http://www.darkreading.com/security/management/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=211201088 (May 19, 2008).

[7] Id.

[8] See, e.g., Lambrecht & Assocs., Inc. v. State Farm Lloyds, 119 S.W.3d 16 (Tex. App. 2003) (first party property coverage for data damaged because of hacker attack or computer virus); Am. Guar. & Liab. Ins. Co. v. Ingram Micro, Inc., No. 99-185 TUC ACM, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7299, at *6 (D. Ariz. Apr. 18, 2000) (construing “physical damage” beyond “harm of computer circuitry” to encompass “loss of access, loss of use, and loss of functionality”).

[9] Se. Mental Health Ctr., Inc. v. Pac. Ins. Co., 439 F. Supp. 2d 831, 837-39 (W.D. Tenn. 2006) (finding coverage under business interruption policy for computer corruption); see also Scott N. Godes, Ensuring Contingent Business Interruption Coverage, Law360 (Apr. 8, 2009), http://insurance.law360.com/articles/94765 (discussing coverage under first party policies resulting from third party interruptions).

[10] For example, in Retail Ventures, Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Co., No. 06-443, slip op. (S.D. Ohio Mar. 30, 2009), the court held that a crime policy provided coverage for a data breach and hacking attack.

[11] See, e.g., Computer Corner, Inc. v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., 46 P.3d 1264, 1266 (N.M. Ct. App. 2002).

[12] See, e.g., Claire Wilkinson, Is Your Company Prepared for a Data Breach?, Ins. Info. Inst., at 20 (Mar. 2006), http://www.iii.org/assets/docs/pdf/informationsecurity.pdf (discussing the Insurance Services Office, Inc.’s endorsement for “electronic data liability”).

[13] See Eyeblaster, Inc. v. Fed. Ins. Co., 613 F.3d 797 (8th Cir. 2010).

[14] See, e.g., Harsco Corp. v. Scottsdale Ins. Co., No. 49D12-1001-PL-002227, slip op. (Ind. Super. Ct. Apr. 26, 2011).

[15] See MBIA Inc. v. Fed. Ins. Co., 652 F.3d 152, 160 (2d Cir. 2011).

[16] See Eyeblaster, 613 F.3d at 804.

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This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2011.

“Legal Corner: Insurance Recovery for Loss or Liability Arising from Cyberattacks; Obtain and preserve insurance for your company’s protection”

My former colleague, Ken Trotter, and I recently wrote an article titled, “Insurance Recovery for Loss or Liability Arising from Cyberattacks; Obtain and preserve insurance for your company’s protection.”  The article is reprinted below, courtesy of and permission from, the fine people at Hospitality Upgrade magazine:

Scott Godes  godess@dicksteinshapiro.com
Kenneth Trotter  trotterk@dicksteinshapiro.com
Hospitality© 2011 Hospitality Upgrade. No reproduction without written permission. It is no secret that the hospitality industry continues to be vulnerable to data breaches and other cyberattacks.  A report by Willis Group Holdings, a British insurance firm, states that the largest share of cyberattacks (38 percent) were aimed at hotels, resorts and tour companies.  According to the report, insurance claims for data theft worldwide jumped 56 percent last year, with a bigger number of those attacks targeting the hospitality industry. Because businesses in the hospitality industry obtain and maintain confidential data from consumers–countless credit card records in particular–they will continue to be attractive targets for hackers and data thieves.Cybersecurity risks can cause a company to incur significant loss or liability.  A data breach could result in the loss of important and sensitive customer information and, in some cyberevents, stolen company funds.  Companies also may face liabilities to third parties under statutory and regulatory schemes, incurring costs to mitigate, remediate and comply with the liability under these statutes.  Worse still, class action lawsuits have been filed around the country after data breaches, with plaintiffs alleging, among others, the loss of the value of their personal information, identity theft, invasion of privacy, negligence or contractual liability.  Even when companies have had success in defeating class actions, they nonetheless incurred significant legal expenses when defending those lawsuits.Many businesses in the hospitality industry have undertaken important steps to reduce the likelihood of cyberattacks and to protect data and confidential information.  Such measures are important, but equally important is understanding what insurance policies those companies have, or could purchase, to cover loss or liability associated with a data breach or other cyberattack.Involving Technology and Privacy Managers in Insurance-related Matters  Because of the variation in cyberinsurance coverages and the underwriting inquiries that often go along with the purchase of such insurance policies, companies may find the process to be a great opportunity for a company’s risk managers, technology managers and privacy managers to work together to help understand potential risks to the company and what risk transfers are being purchased through the insurance policies offered.  Working together aligns the risk managers’ understanding of specific insurance-related issues, the technology managers’ technical expertise regarding the companies’ systems and protections that will be helpful to understand any technical requirements in an application or insurance policy, and the privacy managers’ knowledge of the potential privacy risks that the company faces in light of the information held and how and where it is used.  Indeed, given their understanding of the technical and practical considerations involved in protecting a company’s data from a cyberattack, technology and information managers may be in a unique position to assist the company’s risk managers in understanding the technical implications of specific policy language.Insurance Coverage Considerations  When considering what coverages may apply or purchasing cyberinsurance coverage, it is essential to consider many types of coverage, as coverages often are written and offered in different modules and on varying insurance policy forms.  On a regular basis, insurers are writing and introducing new policies marketed as being tailored specifically to cover data breaches and cyberattacks.  In addition, coverage may be available under traditional forms of insurance.  Indeed, policyholders may have overlapping coverage for data breaches and certain cyberrisks, with the potential for coverage under cybersecurity policies as well as traditional insurance policies.  When analyzing the coverage afforded by such policies, it is critical to understand the impact of exclusions on coverages and any sublimits on the amount of coverage afforded by the policy.  Because of the variety of coverages being offered, as discussed below, technology managers can assist the company by providing a careful review of the technical language used in the policy to help determine the scope and limitations of the coverage being purchased with respect to a specific company’s operations.

Cybersecurity and Data Breach Policies  The market for cybersecurity policies has been called the Wild West of insurance marketplaces.  Such policies are relatively new to the marketplace and are constantly changing. Specific policies for cybersecurity and data breach have been known as Network Risk, Cyberliability, Privacy and Security or Media Liability insurance.  The Insurance Services Office, Inc., which designs and seeks regulatory approval for many insurance policy forms and language, has a standard insurance form called the Internet Liability and Network Protection Policy, and insurance companies may base their coverages on this basic insuring agreement or they may provide their own company-worded policy form.  Because these policies are frequently updated and changed, it is important to compare the coverages offered across companies and within a company’s offerings.

Traditional Forms of Insurance  Although it is ideal to purchase a policy designed specifically for cybersecurity risks, more traditional forms of insurance may also provide overlapping coverage for data breaches and cyberrisks, depending on the particular coverage terms and exclusions in the individual policy.  Coverage may be provided by the following types of policies:  commercial general liability; first-party property and business interruption; directors and officers or errors and omissions; crime; kidnap, ransom and extortion.  Insurance companies, however, have been fighting their obligations to pay claims for cyber-related loss under such traditional insurance policies.  A major insurer recently sued a corporate policyholder in New York, asking the court to rule that traditional insurance policies do not cover a series of high-profile data breaches, cyberattacks and cyberrisks.

Making a Claim for Coverage   If a cyberevent occurs, such as a data breach, then it is vital that risk managers, technology managers and privacy managers work together to seek recovery under all potentially available insurance policies.  It is recomended that policyholders send notice of the claim or occurrence to all potentially applicable insurers, whether under a special cybersecurity policy or under the more traditional forms of insurance. After an insurance claim is tendered to insurers, they may raise various defenses to coverage. Companies, however, should not assume that such defenses will defeat coverage. Whether an event is covered will often depend on careful analysis of the specific policy language involved, the facts of a company’s particular losses and the law of the applicable jurisdiction. Insurance carriers may take a hard line regarding the application of the exclusions in their policies.  For example, under certain insurance policies, there is coverage for property damage and insurers have asserted that there has been no property damage as a result of a cyberattack. Technology managers, however, may be able to assist the company in marshalling evidence to prove that a cyberattack has damaged the company’s computer equipment, or that there has been a loss of use of computer equipment (another way of demonstrating property damage under certain insurance policies).  Technology managers should stay involved throughout the insurance recovery process to help assure that any representations and statements about the company’s technology and the cyberevent are accurate and properly characterized.

Beyond in-house technology personnel, companies that have sustained losses due to a data breach or cyberattack should consider speaking with an attorney who represents policyholders and has familiarity with this area. Because of the assistance of such lawyers, some policyholders have been able to obtain substantial recovery even after the insurer initially denied the policyholder’s claim.

Scott Godes and Kenneth Trotter are attorneys with Dickstein Shapiro LLP who devote a significant portion of their practice to the representation of policyholders in complex insurance disputes with insurance companies. They may be reached at godess@dicksteinshapiro.com or trotterk@dicksteinshapiro.com. This information is general and educational and is not legal advice.  For more information, please visit www.hospitalitylawyer.com.

Thank you to the Hospitality Upgrade website for permission to use this article.

This article appeared on the Hospitality Upgrade website on 1 October 2011—link to article:

http://www.hospitalityupgrade.com/_magazine/magazine_Detail-ID-694.asp

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This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2011.  [Note that the contact information for Ken Trotter and me since has changed.]

Insurance coverage against cyberattacks and data breaches relating to the hospitality industry and hotels.

four star hotelMy former colleague, Ken Trotter, and I recently wrote an article titled, “Insurance Recovery for Loss or Liability Arising from Cyberattacks; Obtain and preserve insurance for your company’s protection.”  It has been published in Hospitality Upgrade magazine‘s Fall 2011 issue.  In the article, we discuss insurance coverage for data breaches, cyber risks, cyberattacks, and cyber events, in light the risks for such events that the hospitality industry, and hotels in particular, face.  We discuss coverages for cyberattacks and data breaches against hotels and the hospitality industry under new cyberinsurance policies, and overlapping coverage with other insurance policies for data breaches, cyber risks, cyberattacks, and cyber events.  We also discuss involving multiple people within the company to discuss the risks and evaluate the purchase of new insurance and cyberinsurance policies.

Here is a brief excerpt from the article:

It is no secret that the hospitality industry continues to be vulnerable to data breaches and other cyberattacks. . . .

Cybersecurity risks can cause a company to incur significant loss or liability. A data breach could result in the loss of important and sensitive customer information and, in some cyberevents, stolen company funds. Companies also may face liabilities to third parties under statutory and regulatory schemes, incurring costs to mitigate, remediate and comply with the liability under these statutes. Worse still, class action lawsuits have been filed around the country after data breaches, with plaintiffs alleging, among others, the loss of the value of their personal information, identity theft, invasion of privacy, negligence or contractual liability. . . .

Many businesses in the hospitality industry have undertaken important steps to reduce the likelihood of cyberattacks and to protect data and confidential information. Such measures are important, but equally important is understanding what insurance policies those companies have, or could purchase, to cover loss or liability associated with a data breach or other cyberattack. . . .

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This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2011.

“Protecting Your Company Against Loss or Liability Arising from Cyberattacks”

My former colleague, Ken Trotter, and I recently wrote an article titled, “Protecting Your Company Against Loss or Liability Arising from Cyberattacks.”  It has been published in Hospitality Lawyer‘s September 2011 In-House Counsel Newsletter.  In the article, we discuss insurance coverage for data breaches, cyber risks, cyberattacks, and cyber events.  We discuss coverages under new cyberinsurance policies, and overlapping coverage with other insurance policies for data breaches, cyber risks, cyberattacks, and cyber events.

We provide an overview of potential coverage under:

  • First party property policies;
  • Business interruption coverage and policies;
  • Commercial General Liability (CGL) policies;
  • Directors and Officers Liability (D&O) policies;
  • Errors and Omissions policies; and
  • Crime and Fidelity policies.

We also give practical considerations when making claims for coverage.

Here is the opening paragraph to the article:

Does your company have insurance policies that will cover data breaches and cyber attacks?  The hospitality industry is particularly vulnerable to data breaches and other cyberattacks.  According to Willis Group Holdings, a British insurance firm, insurance claims for data theft worldwide jumped 56% last year, with a large number of those attacks targeting the hospitality industry.  The report said the largest share of cyber attacks—38%—were aimed at hotels, resorts and tour companies.  As just one example of these attacks, computer hackers broke into the computer system of a national hotel chain and stole the guests’ credit card information.  This summer, the Secret Service informed the owner of a family-run Italian restaurant that a thief hacked into the communication system between the cash register and the credit card processing company, stole credit card numbers, and then used them to fraudulently make purchases across the United States.  Businesses in the hospitality industry will continue to be attractive targets for hackers and data thieves, particularly since they obtain and maintain confidential data from consumers including countless credit card records.  There are risks for companies well beyond the possibility of hackers stealing consumer data.  Vital corporate data, whether it’s shared on the company’s servers or by third parties, may become inaccessible or even destroyed in a hacker attack.  Managing such risk is critical to successful business operations. Read more

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Podcast on D&O insurance, cybersecurity, cyber liabilities, privacy class actions, and insurance: “Executive Summary Webinar Series: What You Need to Know Before You Walk Into the Boardroom (July 2011)”

I recently joined Priya Cherian Huskins and Lauri Floresca of Woodruff Sawyer & Co. to discuss D&O insurance, cyberinsurance, and insurance coverage for privacy issues, data breaches, cyberattacks, denial-of-service attacks and more.   Lauri and Priya gave an overview of the D&O insurance marketplace, including changes in pricing, availability of limits, and new insurance policies and insurance products.  Then we shifted gears and talked about cybersecurity, cyber liability, and insurance coverage for cybersecurity risks.  We touched on the latest data breaches, privacy claims and class actions, and other cyber incidents to have hit the news and discussed the related insurance coverage issues.  The audio and supporting materials (that Woodruff Sawyer prepared) have been put online as a podcast and supporting PDF, so that you listen, in case you missed the live presentation.

To listen to this podcast, click here.

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Before you walk into your next board meeting, what do you need to know when it comes to current D&O liability issues? The “Executive Summary” is Woodruff-Sawyer’s webinar series for CFOs, GCs, Controllers and others who work with boards of directors.  The upcoming session will feature a conversation with Woodruff-Sawyer’s Priya Cherian Huskins and Lauri Floresca, both nationally-recognized insurance experts, and Scott Godes [formerly] of Dickstein Shapiro.Scott [was] the co-leader of Dickstein Shapiro’s Cyber Security Coverage Initiative. Areas of Discussion

  • D&O Market Update
  • D&O Litigation Update

- Newest numbers on D&O suits
- Latest on Supreme Court rulings

  • Lessons from Sony & Citi: What boards should be asking about cyber liability

- Updates on the recent high-profile data security breaches
- Understanding the impact of California’s recent Supreme Court zip code decision
- What should boards do to mitigate cyber risks?

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This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2011.

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Join me for ACI’s 5th National Advanced Forum on Cyber & Data Risk Insurance

Are you looking for a conference discussing insurance coverage for cyber and data risk issues, where you will have “the unique opportunity to network, benchmark your products against the competition and gain valuable information about the right insurance coverage for your company”? Then you should join me for the American Conference Institute 5th Annual Cyber & Data Risk Insurance conference.

Here are the introductory details:

Cyber & Data Risk Insurance

Monday, September 26 to Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Affinia Manhattan Hotel, New York, NY

International legislative changes and compliance…External threats from the explosion of social media…Cloud computing…PCI, HIPAA & HITECH standards… social engineering, malware downloads, phishing, click-jacking, spoofing, whistleblowing, massive leaks… THE LIST GOES ON

The expanded scope of Cyber & Data Risk Insurance is here. Attend the annual September conference that the industry has known and trusted for years!

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Dates:
Mon, Sep 26, 2011
Tue, Sep 27, 2011
Location:
Affinia Manhattan Hotel
New York, NY

Accreditation:

Accreditation will be sought in those jurisdictions requested by the registrants which have continuing education requirements. This course is identified as nontransitional for the purposes of CLE accreditation.

ACI certifies that the activity has been approved for CLE credit by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board in the amount of 15.0 hours. An additional 2.0 hours will apply to workshop A and 3.0 hours to workshop B.

ACI certifies that this activity has been approved for CLE credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 12.75 hours. An additional 2.0 hours will apply to workshop A and 2.5 hours to workshop B.You are required to bring your state bar number to complete the appropriate state forms during the conference. CLE credits are processed in 4-8 weeks after a conference is held.

ACI has a dedicated team which processes requests for state approval. Please note that event accreditation varies by state and ACI will make every effort to process your request.Questions about CLE credits for your state? Visit our online CLE Help Center at http://www.americanconference.com/CLE

My panel will be:

10:05     State of the Market: New Exposures, Coverage Options and Trends that Are Changing the Scope of Cyber Liability

Edward McGuire, Senior    Vice    President,    Sales    &    Marketing S.H. Smith & Co.
Steven H. Haase, CPCU ARM, INSUREtrust
Malcolm Randles, Underwriter,    Enterprise    Risks    510, R    J    Kiln    &    Co    Limited
Jenny B. Bradford, J.D., Vice    President    Financial    Products,    Risk    Management    Liability, Regions Insurance
Scott N. Godes, Counsel, [formerly] Dickstein    Shapiro    LLP

  • Market overview and legal developments
    • Updates on new exposures, coverage decisions and new products to ensure coverage
    • Addressing the lack of uniformity among policies
    • Cyber risk insurance overlap with other insurance policies
    • How big is the market and how much has it grown over the past few years?
    • New clients and non-technology companies purchasing coverage:   who they are and what they are looking for
  • A    closer    look    at    security    &    privacy    challenges    facing    small    businesses
    • What considerations have been given to products that may attract small to mid-market    companies?
    • How carriers are capitalizing on this
  • State of the reinsurance market for cyber-risk insurance
    • Clarification of comprehensive contracts and identifying key provisions

Interested in attending?  You can get a discounted rate through me, taking $600 off of the registration price, if you register by June 30.   If you’re interested in getting the discounted rate, please e-mail me.  Or, if it’s after June 30, you can click here:
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Note:  as a speaker at the conference, I will not be charged a fee to attend the remainder of the conference.

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Insurance Coverage for Denial-of-Service Attacks

DDoS

It seems that 2011 has been the year of cyberattacks – denial of service attacks, data breaches, and more.  Would your insurance policies cover those events?  Beyond the denial of service attacks that made news headlines, a shocking “80 percent of respondents” in a survey of “200 IT security execs” “have faced large scale denial of service attacks,” according to a ZDNet story.[1]  These attacks and threats do not appear to be on a downward trend.  They continue to be in the news after cyberattacks allegedly took place against “U.S. government Web sites – including those of the White House and the State Department –” over the July 4, 2009 holiday weekend.[2]  The alleged attacks were not only against government sites; they allegedly included, “according to a cyber-security specialist who has been tracking the incidents, . . . those run by the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, The Washington Post, Amazon.com and MarketWatch.”[3]  The more recent ZDNet survey shows that a quarter of respondents faced denial of service attacks on a weekly or even daily basis, with cyberextortion threats being made as well.[4]

Denial of Service Attacks

The cyberattacks that have stolen recent headlines were denial of service incidents.  Personnel from “CERT® Program,” which “is part of the federally funded Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” have explained:

Denial of service attacks come in a variety of forms and aim at a variety of services. There are three basic types of attack:

  • consumption of scarce, limited, or non-renewable resources
  • destruction or alteration of configuration information
  • physical destruction or alteration of network components.[5]

Some attacks are comparable to “tak[ing] an ax to a piece of hardware” and are known as “so-called permanent denial-of-service (PDOS) attack[s].”[6]  If a system suffers such an attack, which also has been called “pure hardware sabotage,” it “requires replacement or reinstallation of hardware.”[7]

What Insurance Coverage Might Apply?

The first place to look for insurance coverage for a denial of service attack is a cybersecurity policy.  The market for cybersecurity policies has been called the Wild West of insurance marketplaces.  Cyber security and data breach policies, certain forms of which may be known as Network Risk, Cyber-Liability, Privacy and Security, or Media Liability insurance, are relatively new to the marketplace and are ever-changing.  The Insurance Services Office, Inc., which designs and seeks regulatory approval for many insurance policy forms and language, has a standard insurance form called the “Internet Liability and Network Protection Policy,” and insurance companies may base their coverages on this basic insuring agreement, or they may provide their own company-worded policy form.  Because of the variety of coverages being offered, a careful review of the policy form before a claim hits is critical to understand whether the cyberpolicy will provide coverage, and, if it will, how much coverage is available for the event.  If your company does make a claim under a cyberpolicy, engaging experienced coverage counsel who is familiar with coverage for cybersecurity claims will help get the claim covered properly and fight an insurance company’s attempt to deny the claim or otherwise improperly try to limit coverage that is due under the policy.

If your company faces a denial of service cyberattack and suffers losses as a result, but your company has not purchased a specialized suite of policies marketed as cyber security policies, coverage nonetheless may be available under other insurance policies.  In addition, other insurance policies may provide coverage that overlaps with a cyberinsurance policy.  Consider whether first party all risk or property coverage may apply.  First party all risk policies typically provide coverage for the policyholder’s losses due to property damage.  If the denial of service cyberattack caused physical damage to your company’s servers or hard drives, your company’s first party all risk insurer should not have a credible argument that there was no property damage.  Even if the damage is limited to data and software, however, it may be argued that the loss is covered under your company’s first party all risk policy, as some courts have found that damage to data and software consists of property damage.[8]

First party policies may also provide coverage for extra expense, business interruption, and contingent business interruption losses due to a cyberattack.  (Contingent business interruption losses may include losses that the policyholder faces arising out of a cyber security-based business interruption of another party, such as a cloud provider, network host, or others.)[9]

Look also to other first party coverages, such as crime and fidelity policies, to determine whether there may be coverage for losses due to a cyberattack.  In particular, crime policies may have endorsements, such as computer fraud endorsements, that may cover losses from a denial of service cyberattack.[10]

If, after a cyberattack, third parties seek to hold your company responsible for their alleged losses, consider whether your company’s liability policies would provide coverage.  More importantly, consider your company’s commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policy, if your company does not have a specialized cyber liability policy.  If your company did buy a cyberinsurance policy, there is coverage under a CGL policy (and others) that may overlap the coverage in a cyberinsurance policy, providing your company with additional limits of insurance coverage available for the claim.

The first coverage provided in a standard-form CGL insurance policy covers liability for property damage.  Similar to the analysis above for first party all risk policies, if there was damage to servers or hard drives, insurers should not be heard to argue that there was no property damage.  Courts are divided as to whether damage to data or software alone consists of property damage under insurance policies, with some courts recognizing that “the computer data in question ‘was physical, had an actual physical location, occupied space and was capable of being physically damaged and destroyed’” and that such lost data was covered under a CGL policy.[11]  Be aware, however, that the insurance industry has revised many CGL policies to include definitions giving insurers stronger arguments that damage to data and software will not be considered property damage.  But also note that your company’s CGL policy may have endorsements that provide coverage specifically for damage to data and software.[12]  Consider further whether a claim would fall within the property damage coverage for loss of use of tangible property—loss of use of servers and hard drives because of the cyberattack; loss of use of computers arising out of alleged software and data-based causes has been held sufficient to trigger a CGL policy’s property damage coverage.[13]

Keep in mind that if there is a claim for property damage under a CGL policy, there may be coverage for obligations that your company has under indemnity agreements.  Standard form CGL policies provide coverage for indemnity agreements.[14]

Depending on the types of claims asserted, other liability policies may be triggered as well.  For example, directors and officers liability policies may provide coverage for investigation costs,[15] and errors and omissions policies also may cover, if the cybersecurity claims may be considered to be within the definition of “wrongful act.”[16]  The takeaway for companies suffering from a cyberattack is that a careful review of all policies held by the insured is warranted to make certain that the most comprehensive coverage may be pursued.

Scott Godes [was] counsel with Dickstein Shapiro’s Insurance Coverage Practice in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  Mr. Godes is the co-head of the firm’s Cyber Security Insurance Coverage Initiative and co-chair of the American Bar Association Computer Technology Subcommittee of the Insurance Coverage Committee of the Section of Litigation.  He frequently represents corporate policyholders in insurance coverage disputes.

[1] Larry Dignan, Cyberattacks on Critical Infrastructure Intensify, ZDNet, http://m.zdnet.com/blog/btl/cyberattacks-on-critical-infrastructure-intensify/47455 (Apr. 19, 2011).

[2] U.S. Government Sites Among Those Hit by Cyberattack, CNN, http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/07/08/government.hacking/index.html (July 8, 2009).

[3] Siobhan Gorman & Evan Ramstad, Cyber Blitz Hits U.S., Korea, Wall St. J., http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124701806176209691.html (July 9, 2009).

[4] Larry Dignan, Cyberattacks on Critical Infrastructure Intensify, ZDNet, http://m.zdnet.com/blog/btl/cyberattacks-on-critical-infrastructure-intensify/47455 (Apr. 19, 2011).

[5] Denial of Service Attacks, CERT, http://www.cert.org/tech_tips/denial_of_service.html (last visited July 9, 2009); About CERT, CERT, http://www.cert.org/meet_cert/ (last visited July 10, 2009).

[6] Kelly Jackson Higgins, Permanent Denial-of-Service Attack Sabotages Hardware, Security Dark Reading, http://www.darkreading.com/security/management/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=211201088 (May 19, 2008).

[7] Id.

[8] See, e.g., Lambrecht & Assocs., Inc. v. State Farm Lloyds, 119 S.W.3d 16 (Tex. App. 2003) (first party property coverage for data damaged because of hacker attack or computer virus); Am. Guar. & Liab. Ins. Co. v. Ingram Micro, Inc., No. 99-185 TUC ACM, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7299, at *6 (D. Ariz. Apr. 18, 2000) (construing “physical damage” beyond “harm of computer circuitry” to encompass “loss of access, loss of use, and loss of functionality”).

[9] Se. Mental Health Ctr., Inc. v. Pac. Ins. Co., 439 F. Supp. 2d 831, 837-39 (W.D. Tenn. 2006) (finding coverage under business interruption policy for computer corruption); see also Scott N. Godes, Ensuring Contingent Business Interruption Coverage, Law360 (Apr. 8, 2009), http://insurance.law360.com/articles/94765 (discussing coverage under first party policies resulting from third party interruptions).

[10] For example, in Retail Ventures, Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Co., No. 06-443, slip op. (S.D. Ohio Mar. 30, 2009), the court held that a crime policy provided coverage for a data breach and hacking attack.

[11] See, e.g., Computer Corner, Inc. v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., 46 P.3d 1264, 1266 (N.M. Ct. App. 2002).

[12] See, e.g., Claire Wilkinson, Is Your Company Prepared for a Data Breach?, Ins. Info. Inst., at 20 (Mar. 2006), http://www.iii.org/assets/docs/pdf/informationsecurity.pdf (discussing the Insurance Services Office, Inc.’s endorsement for “electronic data liability”).

[13] See Eyeblaster, Inc. v. Fed. Ins. Co., 613 F.3d 797 (8th Cir. 2010).

[14] See, e.g., Harsco Corp. v. Scottsdale Ins. Co., No. 49D12-1001-PL-002227, slip op. (Ind. Super. Ct. Apr. 26, 2011).

[15] See MBIA, Inc. v. Fed. Ins. Co., No. 08 Civ. 4313, 2009 WL 6635307 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 30, 2009).

[16] See Eyeblaster, 613 F.3d at 804.

Update:  This post also has been put online over at DoS-Attacks.com.  You can see the post by clicking here.

Second update:  This post also has been put online at the Lexis Insurance Law Community.  You can see the post by clicking here.

Third update:  This post also has been put online on the Blog Notions insurance blog.  You can see the post by clicking here.

Fourth update:  This post also has been put online on Core Compass.  You can see the post by clicking here (registration required).

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Join me for the Second Annual NetDiligence® Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum!

Want to learn about cybersecurity, cyberinsurance, privacy liability, cyberrisk, and other issues relating to privacy and network security, and insurance coverage for those risks?  Of course you do.

And you want to hear this from people who are recognized throughout the industry, including brokers selling cyberinsurance, underwriters writing and selling the coverage, and insurance attorneys who handle the claims and write coverage opinions about the risks, don’t you?  Of course!

What’s that, you want all of that, and CLE credit, too?  Done.

If you’re looking for all of that and more, organized and hosted by my good friends at HB Litigation Conferences, please join me for the:

NetDiligence® Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum

Date: June 9-10, 2011
Location: The Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA
Chairs: Richard Bortnick, Esq., Cozen O’Connor, West Conshohocken, PA
Oliver Brew, Senior Vice President of Technology – Media and Telecoms Underwriting, Hiscox USA, New York
Toby Merrill, VP & National Privacy, Technology & Media Liability Product Manager, ACE Professional Risk
Meredith Schnur, Professional Risk Group, Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc., New York

Delegate Rates

Attorneys: $1,195**; Insurers & Brokers: $895**; Risk Managers and CFOs: $795**

Agenda and Speakers

Register Now! Conference Venue and Hotel

The Union League is located at 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia. A block of rooms has been secured for Wednesday, June 8th and Thursday, June 9th at a rate of $189 for a standard room and $239 for a suite. The rate includes complimentary breakfast for (2) guests per room, use of our fitness center and complimentary internet. For reservations, please call 215-587-5570 and refer to the HB LITIGATION CONFERENCE room block. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Cyndy Noonan at cyndy.noonan@litigationconferences.com or 484-324-2755×201.

Group Discounts

Group Discounts are available. Please contact Brownie Bokelman at 484-324-2755 x212 or Brownie.Bokelman@litigationconferences.com. Groups of 5+ and Passport Packages are available for additional savings for your firm’s practice group or legal department or for package pricing for a single conference or a series of conferences.

My panel will be:

GL vs. Network Security

  • GL underwriter panel topic, GL vs. AIPI claims
  • Other’s insurance & concurrent insurance
  • Forgotten insurance agreement-when does adv.
    injury under a GL stop and where does injury begin
    under media policy
  • Coverage and how the policies respond

Moderator: Thomas Srail, Senior Vice President-Willis Executive Risks, Willis North America
Shannon Giese, Financial Services Group–Professional Risk Solutions, A Division of Aon Risk Services Northeast, Inc.
Scott Godes, Esq., [formerly] Dickstein Shapiro LLP
Richard Reed, Vice President & Worldwide Commercial Errors and Omissions Product Manager, Chubb Specialty Insurance, Warren, NJ

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This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2011.

Note:  as a speaker at the conference, I will not be charged a fee to attend the remainder of the conference.

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Video interviews for RiskCommunities, TechRisk Institute regarding cybersecurity, privacy, and cyberinsurance.

Julie Davis of Risk Communities recently asked me to speak with her about insurance coverage for cybersecurity claims, data breaches, and other cyberrisks. Julie did video interviews of me and uploaded them to the Risk Communities video channel.

Here’s how Risk Communities introduced me:

“Last year we introduced our broadcast channel, with the idea of highlighting business professionals, and topics, that are impacting business and risk management issues for the technology industry. Scott Godes as volunteered his time to help our followers understand insurance and risk management challenges and trends in Network, Privacy and Security risks.”

There are two video clips. We discuss litigation trends in the area of insurance coverage for cybersecurity, various types of insurance coverage for cybersecurity, risk transfer for cyberrisks, and data and network privacy issues.

Here’s my video interview: “Overview of Network, Security & Privacy Exposures and Risks”

Here’s my video interview: “Overview of Litigation and Trends in Network, Security & Privacy Risks”

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My Chapter on Insurance Coverage for Cybersecurity and Intellectual Property Claims Now Available in the New Appleman Law of Liability Insurance Treatise

Looking for a treatise on insurance coverage?  How about one that has an entire chapter on insurance coverage for cybersecurity and intellectual property claims and risks?

Remember when I wrote that I had written a chapter on insurance coverage for cybersecurity and intellectual property claims for the New Appleman Law of Liability Insurance Treatise?  Of course you do.  And you probably were wondering, “When will I be able to buy that treatise, so that I can have it on my bookshelf and refer to it regularly for all of my questions about insurance coverage for cybersecurity and intellectual property claims?!?”  Well, here’s your answer.  The treatise is available on the Lexis website.  That’s right!  Although you really will want to race right to Chapter 18 – Insurance Coverage for Intellectual Property and Cybersecurity Risks, so that you can read about insurance for data breaches, DDoS attacks, viruses, hackers, cybercrime, and IP losses, you’ll get the whole treatise, too.  It’s a five volume looseleaf set that gets updated with supplements. 

So what are you waiting for?  Click here to order your very own treatise.

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