Articles by Amy O'Connor

O'Connor is the Southeast editor for Insurance Journal and associate editor of MyNewMarkets.com.

Florida’s Citizens Delays Decision on Proposed 2019 Rate Increases

Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will wait until December to determine its 2019 insurance rates and whether it will approve a proposed 7.9 percent statewide increase for homeowners policies. The decision to defer action on the 2019 proposed rates came …

Citizens to Implement New Lobbyist Registration System Aug. 1

Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the Florida state-run insurer of last resort, has devised a new policy requiring lobbyists seeking to lobby the insurer to register via a new online registration system. The new corporate policy comes in response to a …

Authorities: Blast at Kentucky UPS Facility Started by Propane Torch

Authorities say a propane torch set off the blast that damaged a UPS freight hub in Kentucky’s second-largest city and sent multiple people to the hospital. Lexington fire investigator Maj. Robert King tells news outlets that the torch likely ignited …

South Carolina Passes First Insurance Industry Cybersecurity Law

South Carolina has become the first state to pass a cybersecurity bill requiring any insurance entity operating in the state to establish and implement a cybersecurity program protecting their business and their customers from a data breach. And while the …

What the Florida Industry Needs to Know for the 2018 Hurricane Season

The 2018 hurricane season is officially underway, even as the dust continues to settle on the 2017 hurricane season — one of the costliest hurricane years on record — that brought devastation to Florida from Hurricane Irma. Meanwhile, the Gulf …

South Carolina Passes First Insurance Industry Cybersecurity Law

South Carolina has become the first state to pass a cybersecurity bill requiring any insurance entity operating in the state to establish and implement a cybersecurity program protecting their business and their customers from a data breach. And while the …

Cybersecurity Professional Deploys Insurtech to Simplify Small Business Cyber Market

A small business owner and cybersecurity professional frustrated by the complicated cyber coverage buying process decided to take matters into his own hands – he became a cyber insurance broker. “I wanted to solve the cyber insurance problem for small …

Insurers’ Worst Fear: Cyber Hurricane or Silent Cyber?

Insurers in the cyber insurance segment have enjoyed exponential growth in the market over the last 10 years, and that is expected to continue as the world becomes even more connected via the internet. But while the growth in business …

Crashes Along West Virginia Interstate Work Zone Prompt New Safety Measures

West Virginia’s Division of Highways says it will take additional steps to increase safety in the Interstate 64 work zone between Milton and Hurricane. Media reports say the steps were spurred by a rash of at least 25 crashes, including …

INSUREtrust of Georgia Adds Kinkade as Professional Lines Account Manager

INSUREtrust has added Brady Kinkade as a Professional Lines account manager on the production team of Executive Vice President Christiaan Durdaller. Kinkade’s experience in the insurance industry comes from his tenure at Sompo International, where he held both administrative and …