1. Cyber Liabilty

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    Software & Information Technology

    Moving at the Speed
    of Technology

    Insurance For Software Companies

    In today's increasingly competitive marketplace, managing risks can be pivotal to success for any software and computer-related services business. Some things you can control. Let The Hartford help with what you can't. Here's just a sample of the insurance for software companies we offer:
    • Data Breach Coverage. Provides coverage for expenses and legal liability if customer data is stolen or lost. It also provides access to services to help your company comply with regulatory requirements and address customer concerns.
    • Computer-Based Crimes or Cyber-Extortion Insurance. Helps cover expenses incurred as a result of a computer-based extortion.
    • Electronic Data Liability Coverage. Provides coverage with no sublimit for the loss of, loss of use of, damage to, corruption of, inability to access, or inability to properly manipulate electronic data that results from physical injury to tangible property.
    • FailSafe® Product Suite. This suite offers flexible coverage that can be tailored to meet the professional liability needs of software and information technology companies. FailSafe provides protection against a broad array of exposures to loss including E&O, Security, Personal Injury, and Intellectual Property.
    • Pay-As-You-Go Workers' Compensation. We help you manage your cash flow and mitigate audit surprises by basing your premium payments on actual, not estimated, payroll – one pay period at a time.
    In addition to these coverages and services, The Hartford works with you as a true partner, providing access to a wide array of professionals, educational opportunities and on-site training.
    To learn more about The Hartford's insurance for software companies, contact your Hartford agent today.
    All coverages and services may not be available for all businesses or in all states. For details on what coverages and services are available to you, contact your agent at The Hartford today.

  2. cyber and privacy insurance

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    A type of insurance designed to cover consumers of technology services or products. More specifically, the policies are intended to cover a variety of both liability and property losses that may result when a business engages in various electronic activities, such as selling on the Internet or collecting data within its internal electronic network. 


  3. The Evolution of Earthquake Insurance

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there is a 70 percent probability that an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or larger will strike the San Francisco Bay Area during the next 30 years. However, while Californians live with earthquakes, roughly 12 percent of California homeowners purchase earthquake insurance.

    Nonetheless, Californians buy the most earthquake insurance in the nation. According to National Association of Insurance Commissioners, quake insurance premiums in California totaled more than $966 million in 2008. That was more than six times the earthquake insurance business done in any other state, and more than half the national total of $1.82 billion.

    Insurers in California are required by state law to offer earthquake insurance to their homeowner insurance customers. These policyholders can decide not to purchase earthquake coverage or to purchase it from another source.

    Prior to 1994, approximately 28 percent of Californians carried earthquake insurance. Traditional policies carried a 10 percent deductible and provided unlimited coverage for contents and additional living expenses. The policies were offered by the homeowner insurer, and sold as an endorsement to the homeowner insurance policy.

    On January 17, 1994, the Northridge earthquake shook Southern California. The magnitude 6.7 quake caused an estimated $15 billion dollars in insured damage – more than anyone expected from an earthquake of that size. The insurance industry sustained dramatic losses, paying out more in Northridge claims than it had collected in earthquake insurance premium in the preceding 30 years. While no licensed insurer went insolvent due to the catastrophe, some came very close.

    In order to recover surplus, and to protect against another earthquake, insurers began limiting their earthquake exposure by reducing their volume of new homeowner policies. In addition, most insurers filed for rate increases, coupled with increases in the deductible from 10 percent to 15 percent or higher.

    In 1995, the state Legislature passed Assembly Bill 1366, which authorized insurers to offer a “mini” earthquake policy with substantially reduced policy limits to comply with the mandatory offer of earthquake insurance. In essence, the traditional earthquake insurance policy became a catastrophe policy designed to get homeowners with severe earthquake damage back into a safe home.

    The mini policy was the first step toward the establishment of the California Earthquake Authority. The CEA was established in 1996 to make basic earthquake coverage available at an affordable price. It is now the world’s largest provider of earthquake insurance.

    Copyright 2014 Insurance Information Network of California . All rights reserved.

  4. Earthquake Insurance Recent Poll

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    Northridge Anniversary: Surprising Poll Results 20 Years After Costliest Earthquake in U.S. History

    Comparable Quake Today Would Cause $24 Billion in Insured Losses; Those Most at Risk Don’t Buy Coverage

    NEW YORK, January 13, 2014 — A recent poll by the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) found that only one out of 10 American homeowners (10 percent) have earthquake insurance, compared with 13 percent in 2012. In western states, 22 percent of homeowners said they have earthquake insurance, down from 27 percent.
    “When the Northridge earthquake happened 20 years ago, we estimated that nearly 29 percent of homeowners in California had earthquake coverage,” said Pete Moraga with the Insurance Information Network of California (IINC). “However today, according to the California Department of Insurance, only about 10.6 percent of homeowners have the coverage.”
    “While the number of people buying earthquake insurance has declined, the potential cost of U.S. earthquakes has been growing because of increasing urban development in seismically active areas and the vulnerability of older buildings, which may or may not have been built or upgraded to current building codes,” said Dr. Robert Hartwig, CPCU, an economist and president of the I.I.I.

  5. What Is Umbrella Liability?

    Friday, November 29, 2013

    If you are ever sued, your standard homeowners or auto policy will provide you with some liability coverage, paying for judgements against you and your attorney's fees, up to a limit set in the policy. However, in our litigious society, you may want to have an extra layer of liability protection. That's what a personal umbrella liability policy provides.

    An umbrella policy kicks in when you reach the limit on the underlying liability coverage in a homeowners, renters, condo or auto policy. It will also cover you for things such as libel and slander.

    For about $150 to $300 per year you can buy a $1 million personal umbrella liability policy. The next million will cost about $75, and $50 for every million after that.

    Because the personal umbrella policy goes into effect after the underlying coverage is exhausted, there are certain limits that usually must be met in order to purchase this coverage. Most insurers will want you to have about $250,000 of liability insurance on your auto policy and $300,000 of liability insurance on your homeowners policy before selling you an umbrella liability policy for $1 million of additional coverage.


  6. Coverage for Jewelry and Other Valuables

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    A standard homeowners policy includes coverage for jewelry and other precious items such as watches and furs. These items are covered for losses caused by all the perils included in your policy such as fire, windstorm, theft and vandalism.

    However, there are special limits of liability for certain items, meaning that the insurer will not pay more than the amount specified in the policy. One important limit is for the theft of jewelry. To keep coverage affordable because jewelry can be easily stolen, the standard policy has a relatively low limit of liability for theft, generally $1,500.

    If you own valuable jewelry or other items that would be difficult to replace, there are two ways you can increase coverage: by raising the limit of liability or “scheduling” your individual pieces through the purchase of “floater” policies. Raising the limit of liability is the cheapest option; however, there may be a limit on the amount you can claim for the loss of any individual piece, say $2,000, when the overall limit is $5,000.

    Scheduling each piece or item may cost more in premiums, but it offers broader protection because the floater covers losses of any type, including accidental losses—such as dropping your ring down the drain of the kitchen sink or leaving an expensive watch in a hotel room—that your homeowners insurance policy will not cover. Before purchasing a floater, the items covered must be professionally appraised. The cost of this service varies depending on where you live.

  7. EPLI covers businesses against claims by workers that their legal rights as employees of the company have been violated.

    The number of lawsuits filed by employees against their employers has been rising. While most suits are filed against large corporations, no company is immune to such lawsuits. Recognizing that smaller companies now need this kind of protection, some insurers provide this coverage as an endorsement to their Businessowners Policy (BOP). An endorsement changes the terms and conditions of the policy. Other companies offer EPLI as a stand-alone coverage.

    EPLI provides protection against many kinds of employee lawsuits, including claims of:

    • Sexual harassment
    • Discrimination
    • Wrongful termination
    • Breach of employment contract
    • Negligent evaluation
    • Failure to employ or promote
    • Wrongful discipline
    • Deprivation of career opportunity
    • Wrongful infliction of emotional distress
    • Mismanagement of employee benefit plans