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Join me at the First Party Claims Conference!

On October 19 and 20, 2010, I’m going to be presenting at the First Party Claims Conference in Warwick, Rhode Island.

What’s the First Party Claims Conference, you ask?  Well, the website describes the event as:

The 2010 FIRST PARTY CLAIMS CONFERENCE (FPCC) on October 18-20 in Warwick, Rhode Island is the insurance event that offers the maximum amount of education and CE credits for a minimal investment of time and money.

And who doesn’t like getting the “maximum amount of education” for the “minimal” amount of time and money? There will be 21 educational sessions and 39 presenters. The conference is open to everyone in the insurance claims community: accountants, adjusters, agents, attorneys, brokers, consultants, engineers, vendors/suppliers and others.

The title of the presentation that I will be making with Darrell Hamer is:

Contingent Business Interruption Insurance – Will You Be Covered When Bad Things Happen To Other People? Scott Godes, Esq., [formerly] of Dickstein Shapiro LLP and Darrell Hamer of Property Claim Advisory Services Corporation

You do remember what contingent business interruption insurance is, don’t you?  What’s that, you need a refresher?  Well, click here and read all about it!  Then register for the conference.  Our panel is going to be great.  We’re going to give tips and details based on first hand, real world experience in pursuing coverage for contingent business interruption claims.

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. 2010.

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

“LexisNexis® Insurance Law Community Podcast featuring Scott Godes . . . on Cyber Liability Insurance Coverage”

LexisNexis was kind enough to have me record a podcast regarding insurance coverage for cyber liabilities. As LexisNexis states on the Insurance Law Center:

On this edition, Scott Godes discusses the types of cyber liabilities facing companies today, what to do, in terms of insurance, if a cyber incident or data breach occurs and types of policies that provide coverage for a cyber event. Copyright© 2010 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. Visit http://www.lexisnexis.com/community/insurancelaw/.

If you’d like to hear the entire podcast, please click 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. 2010.

Join me for ACI’s 4th Annual Advanced Forum on Cyber & Data Risk Insurance.

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Interested in learning more about cybersinsurance and cybersecurity?  How about coverage for data breaches, cybersecurity events, and other computer risks?  Then please join me for American Conference Institute’s:

4th Annual Advanced Forum on

Cyber & Data Risk Insurance

Monday, September 27 to Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, New York, NY, United States

Cyber and data risk insurance is becoming critical to businesses that operate online, as cyber-attacks are increasing exponentially in terms of frequency, scope, costs and overall impact. With even the best compliance practices in place, it is impossible to guarantee that the private information of consumers and employees will be protected. State Attorneys General and the Federal Trade Commission are becoming more active in investigating and penalizing companies who fail to adequately prevent or respond to a data breach. Additionally, there has been an increase in federal and state legislation and a rise in private actions in the form of mass class actions that are sure to significantly impact this industry.

Demand for cyber and data risk insurance is growing rapidly as businesses are focusing their efforts to address their information risk and data security needs.Broader cyber risk insurance policies have emerged, covering costs relating to responding to a data breach including: notification costs, credit monitoring costs, forensic investigations, call center support, public relations and defense of a claim brought by individuals or federal and state officials.

In light of these risks and exposures, it is critical that you are up to date with the trends in the fast evolving area of cyber and data risk insurance. That is why American Conference Institute developed our successful and well-attended Cyber & Data Risk Insurance Conference in September 2007 and the response in 2008 and 2009 was even better. To those who have attended, come to this 4th annual event — now in New York City — for a revised and updated agenda and to hear from the best and the brightest in the industry, including the FTC, the OTS, the FBI, 2 State Attorneys General and an Assistant Attorney General. For first-time attendees, this conference is your best opportunity to get the tools you need to learn about the new policies, including pricing and negotiating specific coverage, mitigating risks associated with e-business, and to learn strategies so that you can maximize your profitability while minimizing your potential liabilities.

The security and safeguarding of information is vital to protect an organization from financial and reputational loss. This conference is your best opportunity to network with industry insiders, compare products and strategies and to learn valuable information on potential risks and liabilities so that you can put the appropriate insurance protection and risk management practices in place.

Be sure to also register for the Post-Conference Workshop: Negotiating and Drafting Cyber Risk Provisions and Policies

September 28, 2010; 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand with updated content to reflect new developments and additional workshop leaders to walk you through the ins and outs of negotiating and drafting this highly specialized coverage.

Register now by calling 888-224-2480, faxing your registration form to 877-927-1563 or registering online.

Dates:

Mon, Sep 27, 10

Tue, Sep 28, 10

Location:

The Helmsley Park Lane Hotel

New York, NY, United States

My panel, What Policy Holders Are and Should Be Looking for in Cyber and Data Security Coverage, will be covering:

  • Coverage considerations: What liability and first-party coverages are desirable?
  • 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?
  • Coverage for liabilities (including defense and other costs) and first party losses
    • intentional violations
    • coverage for electronic and non-electronic loss
  • Implementing privacy and data security compliance and policies

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. 2010.

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

“Insurance Coverage for Intellectual Property and Cybersecurity Risks.”

Can you think of many, or, in fact, any, companies that are risk free when it comes to the areas of intellectual property or cybersecurity?  If you represent companies with risks relating to intellectual property and cybersecurity, what insurance coverage would apply if those risks turned into claims and potential liabilities?  Are you familiar with the developing body of insurance coverage law in those areas?

I’m the author of a forthcoming treatise chapter that answers those exact questions.  It’s the “Insurance Coverage for Intellectual Property and Cybersecurity Risks” chapter of the New Appleman Law of Liability Insurance, Second Edition, to be released in June 2010.  Here’s the chapter’s introduction:

Two developing areas of insurance coverage law are the issues of insurance coverage for intellectual property-based claims and cybersecurity-based claims.  This chapter describes coverages available for such claims.  The chapter first analyzes and details the development of coverage for intellectual property claims through advertising injury found in general liability insurance policies, as well as other coverages.  The chapter then analyzes coverage for cybersecurity claims.  The area of coverage for cybersecurity claims is, relative to most insurance coverage topics, quite nascent, and the chapter considers decisions that should be seen as analogous to this developing topic.  The chapter discusses coverage for cybersecurity claims under general liability, first-party, and other policies, as well as new policies being marketed as specific to cybersecurity risks and claims.

The intellectual property section of the chapter provides a basic overview of various types of intellectual property risks and provides a detailed discussion of how insurance policies apply to those risks.  The chapter explains the legal principles at issue when seeking insurance coverage for such risks and potential liabilities.  The chapter discusses the majority and minority rules for various issues and provides an analysis of the various exclusions that insurance companies have cited when trying to deny coverage for intellectual property claims.

The cybersecurity section of the chapter provides an overview of the new and growing cybersecurity risks faced today and details what insurance policies apply to those risks.  The chapter details how courts have ruled on coverage questions for cybersecurity and computer-related risks and liabilities.  For those areas of the law that are not as well-developed, in light of the relatively new nature of cybersecurity risks, the chapter notes analogous caselaw and how those holdings should apply to cybersecurity claims.  The section also notes issues to consider for companies in the market for new and specialized cybersecurity insurance policies.

This post appeared originally at the Lexis Insurance Law Community.
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. 2010.

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“Guest View: Insurance for the cloud”

When you hear “cloud computing,” is insurance the first thing that you think of?  No?  I’m the only one who thinks that way?  Well, if you were wondering about the implications of cloud computing on insurance and risks, I co-wrote an article with my former colleague, Idan Ivri that addresses those questions.

First, what does “cloud computing” mean?  We explain:

Cloud computing is a loose term, but it generally refers to storing user data or applications on a remote server rather than on users’ own systems. A 2009 industry study by Coda Research Consultancy estimated that, by 2015, various forms of such software could represent 17% of all information technology spending worldwide.

That sounds great, doesn’t it?  The idea is that you and your business don’t have to buy expensive suites of software or massive servers and hard drives to store all of your applications, because you will be able to access them via a third party (sometimes known as a third party application service provider (ASP) or software as a service (SAAS)).

But is cloud computing all silver lining, and no, uh, grey cloud? We note:

[I]f developers make privacy the top priority, cloud-computing developers may face those that say they should be liable for the bad behavior of unsavory customers seeking a dark place to host illegal data or viruses.

On the other hand, privacy standards that are too low could make developers liable for data theft against legitimate users, or for putting private data into the hands of advertisers. Developers will also have to handle disruptions or unavailability of data and services to end users.

Do developers, ASPs and SAAS providers have insurance to cover those risks?  Will “traditional” insurance policies cover?  What about specialized “cyber” policies?  For the rest of the discussion about insurance for cloud computing, click on over to the full article at Software Development Times on the Web.

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. 2010.
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Presentation on Your Cyber Security Strategy — How to Capitalize on New Opportunities & Mitigate Risks

Interested in cyber security issues?  Please join me for the following program (now archived here), live or via webinar, presented by the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association:

WMACCA Government Contractors Forum: Your Cyber Security Strategy — How to Capitalize on New Opportunities & Mitigate Risks

Dec 9, 2009
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
LIVE at Gannett Co., Inc., 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Virginia OR by WEBCAST from your desk.

Overview

As the corporate world becomes more and more virtual, the need for cyber and data security has never been greater. Understanding the Administration’s new cyber security initiatives and changes on the legislative front can give companies a competitive advantage in developing comprehensive cyber security programs. If your business is grappling with emerging threats, limited funds, and slow procurement processes, you are not alone.  Find out how to capitalize on the opportunities available through the Safety Act and other mechanisms to protect your company, and how your insurance coverage policies may cover potential liabilities. This program will address what you need to know, what you need to do, and how to “just do it.”

Speakers

Presented by Scott N. Godes, [formerly] of Dickstein Shapiro LLP; David Kessler, Senior Corporate Counsel, Symantec Corporation; Kenneth A. Mendelson, Managing Director, Stroz Friedberg. Moderated by Brian E. Finch of Dickstein Shapiro LLP.

Notes

Breakfast will be provided on-site from 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.  The program and webcast will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Webcast Log-In Instructions:
1. Go to http://www.ec.commpartners.com
2. In the middle of the page where it says Meeting Number, type the following number –340258
3. Click Enter
4. Type your full name and e-mail address when prompted

CLE

Credits: 1.5 hour pending
State: Virginia
Category: General

Contact

Robin Hayutin
Phone: 703-242-8773
E-mail: robin.hayutin@wmacca.com

Location

LIVE at Gannett Co., Inc., 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Virginia OR by WEBCAST from your desk.

703-854-6000

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Cost

Free of charge

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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. 2009.
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Join Me for Insurance Coverage for Cybersecurity CLE Hosted by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

On Wednesday, August 26, 2009, I’ll be presenting a CLE for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on insurance coverage for cybersecurity liabilities.  Here’s a snapshot of the PBI’s page so that you can sign up.

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Insurance Coverage for Cybersecurity

1.5 Total CLE credits (No Ethics)

Note: This tele-web seminar will begin on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Eastern Time.
Product №: 6116T
Course Level: Intermediate
Duration: 90 minutes

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Item DescriptionThe financial liability of failing to protect information properly can be extraordinarily high.  One way in which to protect your clients and yourself from liability is to obtain cybersecurity insurance.  This program examines this relatively new type of insurance, the pros and cons of obtaining it, and will help you to help your clients explore their options.

Our faculty will discuss:

  • An overview of cybersecurity and data breach risks and potential liabilities
  • How “traditional” insurance coverage might cover cybersecurity and data breach risks and liabilities
  • New insurance products in the marketplace for cybersecurity and data breach risks and liabilities
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Scott Godes, Esq., [formerly] Dickstein Shapiro, LLP, Washington, DC
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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. 2009.

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