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Allianz partners with forensic IT experts to create leading crisis response team to tackle cyber risks

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Allianz partners with forensic IT experts to create

leading crisis response team to tackle cyber risks

· Cyber crime is costing the UK economy £27bn*

· Cyber criminals are “piggy-backing” into larger organisations via vulnerable SMEs

· Loss to a company extends beyond the monetary value to impacting a company’s reputation

· Allianz offers cover up to €50m

London, September 16, 2013: Businesses are being targeted by criminals using highly sophisticated cyber attacks such as denial of service (DoS), botnets, worms, spear phishing and drive-by exploits. Cyber crime and data breaches cost the UK economy £27bn* and are considered one of the top emerging risks for the 21st century. According to industrial insurance specialist Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), all businesses need to review their vulnerability to a cyber attack and the financial and reputational damage it may cause.

In response to this growing cyber criminality threatening both corporate and small to medium enterprises (SME), AGCS has launched Allianz Cyber Protect to enable businesses to protect themselves against cyber criminals, data loss and the potential ramifications. Allianz is offering a comprehensive suite of three insurance products to address various first and third party liability issues that can arise from a serious cyber attack or data breach.

Key elements of Allianz Cyber Protect include:

  • A comprehensive policy offering cover up to a limit of €50m and covering a broad range of cyber exposures
  • Three levels of business interruption cover that can be tailored to the client‘s needs
  • Immediate access to a crisis response team, in partnership with global consultants KMPG Forensic, Dell SecureWorks, Incoming Thought Ltd and E-merging Technologies Group Inc

Nigel Pearson (Global Head of Fidelity), who is responsible for cyber at AGCS, said: “Recent government statistics have shown 93% of large UK companies and 87% of smaller businesses** have experienced a data breach in the past 12 months. Companies are facing attacks on a daily basis and firms, such as online retailers, where the business has critical dependency on digital networks, may not be fully aware of how a cyber attack could be fatal to their business. Many cyber criminals are now hacking into systems of SME firms as a way of ‘piggy-backing’ access to larger companies they partner with.”

“Data protection legislation around the globe is changing rapidly. Within the next few years new legislation will be in place in the European Union (EU) which will significantly increase the financial burden placed on companies. Under new proposal from the
EU, companies could be fined up to 2% of their turnover.”

“When a client suffers a loss as a result of a cyber attack or a loss of data, the Allianz Cyber Protect policy will provide substantial limits up to €50m. Most importantly Allianz clients have access to a panel of forensic IT experts who will work with them to manage a cyber incident.”

Elke Vagenende AGCS underwriting product developer, added:
“Reputation is an intangible asset which cannot be seen or felt, yet it is a decisive factor in a business’s future success. Irreversible damage can be done to a brand’s reputation if they do not have risk management and mitigation in place to combat a data breach. On average reputation accounts for 24% of a company’s value***. The digital age has increased vulnerability with the potential for reputational harm via social media, which can carry information across the globe instantly.
This product suite covers the costs of crisis communication for the purpose of safeguarding the company’s reputation.”

* Cabinet Office and National security and intelligence report: Keeping the UK safe in cyber space

**Information Security Breaches Survey 2013 published by UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

*** Brand Finance Global 500 Report 2012


About Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) is Allianz SE’s dedicated brand for corporate and specialty insurance customers. AGCS (consisting of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty AG and affiliated companies operating under the AGCS brand) provides insurance and risk management consultancy across the whole spectrum of marine, aviation (incl. space), alternative risk transfer and corporate business, including Energy, Engineering, Financial Lines (incl. D&O), Liability and Property insurance, including International Insurance Programs.

Worldwide, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty operates in 27 countries with own entities and in more than 160 countries through the Allianz Group network and through network partners. It employs more than 3,500 people and provides insurance solutions to more than half of the Fortune Global 500 companies, writing a total of €5.3 billion gross premium worldwide annually (2012).

For more information visit www.agcs.allianz.com

KMPG Forensic

Helping clients take action to prevent, detect and respond to potentially contentious or harmful situations. They help to advise clients on claims, recoveries and other action that can be taken based on what we have found.


Dell SecureWorks

Listen to customers and delivers worldwide innovative technology and business solutions. They provide IT security services to help organisations of all sizes protect their IT assets, comply with regulations and reduce security costs.


Incoming Thought Ltd

A team of professionals who have worked across a range of technical and strategic projects. They cover all aspects of security, physical security, hardware, software, infrastructure, compliance, governance and assurance.


E-merging Technologies Inc

A firm specialising in cyber security services, intelligence, counterintelligence and operations support for the U.S. Government, allied foreign governments, private sector markets and Ultra High Net Worth Families.


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