Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Launches Innovative Cyber and Professional Liability Coverage in North America

Press Release | August 3, 2016 | New York/San Francisco

With 90 percent of global cyber policies written in the United States alone, Allianz Group’s specialist corporate insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty® (AGCS) is introducing its next generation cyber and professional liability coverage product called ACCEPT Protect®  designed exclusively for the North American market. Featuring a streamlined form structure with flexible terms, ACCEPT Protect is the first of its kind, offering individual or blended solutions for emerging threats across the Cyber, Media, Technology and Miscellaneous Errors & Omissions (E&O) markets.

Specifically, ACCEPT Protect incorporates the strength of the existing Allianz product, Cyber Protect Premium, and adds the option of offering broad coverage for various professional indemnity (PI) exposures as part of the same policy if needed - a critical capability for the maturing North American market.

“ACCEPT Protect is a true ‘a la carte offering, providing brokers and clients the option of having their cyber and PI exposures covered under one policy,” said Emy R. Donavan, AGCS North American head of Cyber and U.S. head of E&O. “For those that do not need the expanded coverage, they can choose the stand-alone cyber solution. For clients that perform services for others, they can incorporate their professional liability under the same program without having to negotiate a second set of policy terms and conditions. This form's flexibility allows us to customize coverage for each client, which is unique and groundbreaking.”

The cyber risk of today is complex and ever-changing, with attacks and incidents increasing at exponential rates and costs climbing into the multimillions. According to the latest AGCS Cyber Risk Guide, the annual cost of cyber crime to the global economy is at $445 bn, and the projected annual cost to the world's largest four economies - the U.S., China, Japan and Germany - is at over $200 bn.

“By 2020, the global cyber market is expected to more than triple from the current $2 billion per annum, with some estimates significantly higher,” stated Nigel Pearson, global head of Fidelity, AGCS. “As we anticipate the majority of coverage to continue to be written in the U.S., this new offering could not have come at a better time.”

ACCEPT Protect policyholders also have access to unique risk management services offered through the AGCS eRiskHub® powered by NetDiligence® portal, as well as a panel of leading global industry experts to provide services such as security assessments and solutions, proactive mitigation services and full-scale simulated cyber-attacks.

In the event of a claim, policyholders are covered for a wide range of financial costs, including those incurred to inform customers, perform forensic investigations, data restoration as well as losses resulting from general business interruption. Another component includes covering the expense of crisis communication counsel needed to safeguard a company's reputation.

“Clarity is key when negotiating a contract and AGCS has responded to the market’s demand for a simplified form that aligns coverage to the unique cyber and professional liability exposures of each client,” Donavan added. “The innovative construction of ACCEPT Protect simplifies the insurance purchasing process, providing clients with a clear picture of their coverage and greater peace of mind.”  

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) is the Allianz Group's dedicated carrier for corporate and specialty insurance business. AGCS provides insurance and risk consultancy across the whole spectrum of specialty, alternative risk transfer and corporate business: Marine, Aviation (incl. Space), Energy, Engineering, Entertainment, Financial Lines (incl. D&O), Liability, Mid-Corporate and Property insurance (incl. International Insurance Programs).

Worldwide, AGCS operates with its own teams in 34 countries and through the Allianz Group network and partners in over 210 countries and territories, employing almost 4,700 people of 70 nationalities. AGCS provides insurance solutions to more than three quarters of the Fortune Global 500 companies, writing a total of €7.4 billion gross premium worldwide in 2017.

AGCS SE is rated AA by Standard & Poor’s and A+ by A.M. Best.
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