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Marsh Appoints Lobban as Senior Adviser on Cyber Risk

Marsh has announced the appointment of Sir Iain Lobban as senior adviser on cyber risk. Lobban is the former director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the UK’s security and intelligence organization. In the newly created role, Lobban will provide strategic …

UK Firms ‘Can’t Afford to Ignore’ Cyber Risks, One of Top Business Threats: PwC

UK companies and institutions remain vulnerable to cyber attacks despite the fact that many CEOs now rank cyber as one of the top threats to their businesses, warns PwC’s Cyber Security practice. Almost three-quarters (74%) of chief executive officers in …

U.S. Utilities Examine Their Insurance Protection After Ukraine Grid Cyber Attack

U.S. utilities are looking hard at their cyber vulnerabilities and whether they can get insurance to cover what could be a multi-billion dollar loss after hackers cut electric power to more than 80,000 Ukrainians last month. The Dec. 23 incident …

‘Smart’ Appliances, Ventilation Systems Are New Hacker Targets: Cyber Experts

Hijacking “smart” toasters and refrigerators and hacking corporate ventilation systems are among the new threats envisioned by cyber security experts as an increasing array of items are connected to the internet. The Internet of Things, a movement that seeks to …

Firms Look at New Tools Designed to Foil Hackers as Firewalls Prove Inadequate

With firewalls no longer seen as enough of a defense against security breaches, companies are looking at new tools to foil hackers trying to enter a computer network. U.S. and Israeli startups are leading the way, with new approaches such …

Marsh Launches Global Excess Cyber Risk Facility Called ‘Cyber ECHO’

Marsh has launched “Cyber ECHO”, a global excess cyber risk facility that provides more reliable insurance coverage for organizations around the world. Following a series of high-profile cyber losses, underwriters have become more selective and may actually reduce the amount …

EU Security Chiefs Warn that Terrorist Attacks Highly Likely in Europe

Islamic State and other militants are very likely to attempt big new attacks in Europe following those in Paris, the EU’s police agency said on Monday, echoing previous warnings by senior security officials. The assessment was based on discussions concluded …

U.S. Reports on Cyber Attacks on Manufacturing, Other Industries

U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigations of cyber attacks on the nation’s critical manufacturing sector nearly doubled in the year ended Sept. 30, according to the agency. The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Emergency Response Team, or …

Hackers Caused Ukraine Outage with Malware & Remote Power Cut: Report

Hackers likely caused a Dec. 23 electricity outage in Ukraine by remotely switching breakers to cut power, after installing malware to prevent technicians from detecting the attack, according to a report analyzing how the incident unfolded. The report from Washington-based …

Cyber Attacks on Private Sector a Growing Corporate Credit Risk: Moody’s

Cyber attacks on the private sector are an increasingly important risk in corporate credit analysis, U.S. ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service said this week. The threat of computer hacking varies from sector to sector and remains hard to measure because …