Top Cyber Risk of 2021

Posted by The ALS Group on Feb 4, 2021 1:06:50 PM

Cyber risk and, particularly, the risk from ransomware appears on everyone’s top risks list these days, including ours. The threat from a ransomware attack has rapidly increased over the past nine months, as many organizations continue to “work from home” which can come with more relaxed cybersecurity practices. As we go further into 2021, cybercriminals will continue to become more sophisticated, forcing these organizations to waste resources reacting to a ransomware attack.

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Topics: Cyber Risk, Ransomware, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), remote work, top risks of 2021

Parental Control Tools Online Can Mitigate Your Risks

Posted by The ALS Group on Jan 28, 2021 12:34:25 PM

Despite being full of positive, useful and educational information, the internet is chock-full of potential dangers, and your children can unintentionally get into quite a few uncomfortable and, sometimes, dangerous situations. These risks are even more prevalent now, as many parents are working from home and children are attending classes remotely. As highlighted in our past blogs on this topic, if you have a standard Homeowners policy, you will likely have little protection from the legal liabilities that can result from inappropriate actions via the internet. So, what can you do?

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Topics: Cyber Risk, Personal Cyber Risk, Ransomware, homeowner's insurance

Ransomware Demands Spike Due to Covid-19 Pandemic

Posted by The ALS Group on Oct 12, 2020 3:21:48 PM

As companies had to quickly pivot and implement a remote work plan (a lot of them did not have such a plan in place) due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they became more at risk for a cyber attack and/or breach due to the vulnerabilities they did not even know they had. As a result of this there has been an uptick in the success rate of cyber attacks in the United States.

Coalition Inc., a cyber insurance provider, recently released their H1 2020 Cyber Insurance Claims report that noted a decrease in the frequency of ransomware claims however, its policyholders have experienced a 100% increase in average demands from 2019 to the first quarter of 2020, then an increase of 47% from the first quarter to the second.1

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Topics: Cyber Risk, Cyber Security, Ransomware, cyber attacks, COVID-19

Types of COVID-19 Phishing Scams That Are Circulating Right Now

Posted by The ALS Group on Apr 13, 2020 4:24:14 PM

As a follow up to our previous article on the subject of Cyber Security During a Pandemic, we thought we’d share with you some of the topics used in phishing scams, so that you are better prepared, should you become the target of one.

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Topics: Cyber Risk, Cyber Security, Data Breach, Phishing Scam, COVID-19, risk management consultant

4 Cyber Security Tips for Businesses with Remote Workers

Posted by Jon Edwards on Apr 7, 2020 12:36:39 PM

Most companies have been forced to quickly implement a remote work solution that suited essential employees or even the entire firm’s staff. This has exposed many companies network to new risks as everyone has a different set up at home. Some are using MACs, some using PCs, some have outdated operating systems and software while others are already infected with viruses or malware. 

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Topics: Cyber Risk, Cyber Security, cyber attacks, COVID-19, remote work, work from home

Cyber Risk Preparedness

Posted by The ALS Group on Jul 16, 2019 9:49:55 AM

Given the widespread awareness of Cyber Risk and the increasing trend for companies to consider insurance around this exposure, a company’s preparedness for a Cyber risk related event should be a part of their risk management plan.  Unfortunately, for most organizations, this part of the plan has not been matured. That’s a mistake…

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Topics: Crisis Risk Management, Cyber Breach, Cyber Insurance, Cyber Risk, cyber attacks

Allianz Risk Barometer – A “gut check” on how top 10 risks can impact you….

Posted by The ALS Group on Jun 4, 2019 11:56:20 AM

For the last several years Allianz has published a concise and informative report on the top risks that businesses face globally. It is a great opportunity to think about how these risks could affect your business operations and what the impact would be. When thinking about risk, it is important to think about "materiality" and what "financial impact" would be material for your company to cause a disruption. Even through many of the risks on this year’s report are readily insurable, the "disruption factor" of having to manage through a loss is worth considering.

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Topics: Cyber Risk, Property Risk, Risk Identification, Supply Chain Risk

3 Types of Employees that Expose Organizations to Cyber Risk

Posted by Jon Edwards on Jun 6, 2017 11:12:23 AM

When most businesses think cyber crime, they imagine brute force threats from foreign agents or highly advanced hacker teams. Executives tend to think that external forces well beyond their control make up the vast majority of security loopholes.

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Topics: Cyber Breach, Cyber Risk, Cyber Risk Mitigation, Cyber Security, Phishing Scam

Trump’s Cybersecurity Exec Order: Businesses Should Follow the Lead

Posted by Jon Edwards on May 17, 2017 3:02:30 PM

What does the new order do?

On May 11th 2017, President Trump issued the new, signed cyber security executive order that demands each federal agency and department head will be held accountable for cyber security risk to their enterprises; an initiative to better protect the federal government's critical data and systems. It outlines the cyber-risk reporting requirements that they must adhere to and names the framework that they'll use as the standard.

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Topics: Cyber Risk, Cyber Risk Mitigation, Cyber Security

9 Important and Surprising Trends in Cyber Security

Posted by Jon Edwards on May 2, 2017 3:58:00 PM

The cyber security world evolves at a breakneck pace. For those not following closely, new developments can be unexpected and downright scary.

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Topics: Cyber Liability, Cyber Risk, Cyber Risk Mitigation, Cyber Security, cyber attacks

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