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AgentsOfAmerica.ORG features my post: “Insurance Coverage for Cyberattacks and Denial-of-Service Incidents”

If your business suffered losses from a cybersecurity incident, a denial-of-service attack, or some other computer-, network-, or internet-related event, would you know whether your insurance would cover the losses?  If your insurance company denied your claim, would you know whether the insurance company had done so properly?

Well, if you’d like some additional thoughts on these issues, check out my post at the AgentsOfAmerica.ORG website.  They posted my piece titled, “Insurance Coverage for Cyberattacks and Denial-of-Service Incidents” and also featured it in their newsletter.  In my post, I discuss insurance coverage for cyberattacks, cybersecurity events, denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and more.  I note a couple of recent cases finding in favor of insurance for these sorts of events under commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policies as well as new cyber insurance policies.

So head over to the AgentsOfAmerica.ORG site and check out my post to see more!

 

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.

“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.

data breach, cybersecurity, insurance coverage

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

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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. 2010.

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

Join Me for “The Hot Buttons in Asbestos Insurance Litigation”

On Wednesday, June 23, 2010. from 2:00 – 3:40 pm (Eastern).  I’m going to be part of a panel discussing “The Hot Buttons in Asbestos Insurance Litigation.”

We’re going to cover:

  • The Keasbey ruling: contribution and trigger
  • Allocation–pro rata or all sums: jurisdictions still at play, choice of law and related
  • Aggregate limits and “non-products” disputes
  • Insurance and bankruptcy: the current landscape
  • This discussion qualifies for between 1.5 to 2.0 continuing legal education (CLE) credits, depending on state requirements. View the CLE credit details.

    Want to sign up?  Purchase the teleconference Audio Package (includes MP3 audio recording files and handbook on CD). To order or learn more, click here, call 484-324-2755, or email allison.emery@litigationconferences.com.

    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.

    “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.
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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. 2010.

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    Directors and officers insurance coverage for Stanford Financial Group losses.

    The Bureau of National Affairs recently wrote an article about a new court decision discussing directors and officers insurance coverage for officers of Stanford Financial Group.   In the BNA Corporate Accountability Report, reporters Tom Edmondson and Tina Chi discussed the decision Pendergest-Holt v.
    Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London
    , No. 10-20069 (5th Cir. Mar. 15, 2010).  (BNA has made the full text of the decision available here.)  In the lede, Mr. Edmondson and Ms. Chi explained:

    The Fifth Circuit’s recent ruling in Pendergest-Holt v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London underscores the importance of the wording of the prerequisite provisions in the conduct exclusions in directors and officers insurance policies, corporate insurance attorneys told BNA in recent interviews.

    The decision discussed the advancement of defense costs under a directors and officers insurance policy that the London insurance market (referred to as Lloyd’s of London in the story).  The story discussed how the court interpreted policy exclusions and limitations, and that the court rejected the insurance company’s interpretation of how the money laundering exclusion applied.

    The article also quotes me at the end, providing some pointers and best practices that I gave for policyholders in D&O and other insurance claim disputes.  For example, the article states:

    Insureds should also keep in mind that when they want to make a claim under an insurance policy, any
    “high-dollar” potential loss, claim, or actual claim will likely cause the insurance company to seek opinions
    from sophisticated coverage counsel that represent insurance companies, Godes said. “These insurance
    attorneys will advise in terms of what provisions and exclusions may apply,” he said.
    Thus, “insureds and policyholders are well advised to take the same approach as these insurance
    companies and have counsel involved early so that they can better protect their own rights,” Godes said.

    For the rest of my advice, you’ll have to check out the full article.  My firm is hosting a copy of the article online, which can be found here.

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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. 2010.

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    “Issues Confronting Insureds and Excess Insurers in Large-Scale, Long-Tail Claims”

    At the 2010 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, which the American Bar Association Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee hosted in Tucson, Arizona on March 4-6, 2010, I filled in for my former colleague, Jim Murray, for the plenary session”Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door:  Perspectives on Litigation and Negotiation of High-Damage Claims in 2010 and Beyond.”  I was joined by William B. Hedrick of Marsh USA Inc., Laura McKay of Hinkhouse Williams Walsh LLP, Gordon McKay of Arcina Risk Group, and Jeffrey M. Posner of JM Posner, Inc.

    We had a great discussion about the practical issues facing policyholders and insurance companies when claims reach high level excess policies.  Our topics ranged from the duty to defend, changes in London market insurance in the last few decades, and who handles and pays for claims handling when in high levels of coverage.

    The Lexis Insurance Law Center has posted a brief recap of the panel and the supporting materials, in a blog post entitled “Issues Confronting Insureds and Excess Insurers in Large-Scale, Long-Tail Claims.”  You can see the post 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. 2010.

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