[ISN] A Cracker-Proofing Guarantee (hacker insurance)

From: mea culpa (jerichot_private)
Date: Tue Oct 06 1998 - 13:20:50 PDT

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    A Cracker-Proofing Guarantee
    Wired News Report
    9:05 a.m.  5.Oct.98.PDT
    CIGNA Secure Systems Insurance is offering a US$25 million liability
    policy designed to cover losses resulting from attacks by computer
    crackers, the company said Monday. 
    To qualify for coverage, a client must secure its systems or pass
    inspection from a CIGNA-approved security-management company. Otherwise,
    potential clients are encouraged to contract with security-management
    company NetSolve, in conjunction with Cisco's NetRanger
    intrusion-detection software, which is pre-approved by CIGNA. 
    CIGNA Secure Systems Insurance provides coverage for theft of money,
    securities, and property; for damage done by crackers to a firm's data or
    software; and for business losses caused by attacks on a company's
    computer systems. 
    A recent survey by the Computer Security Institute and the FBI found a 36
    percent increase from the previous year in losses stemming from
    computer-security breaches. However, traditional property and liability
    insurance policies do not address these risks, according to CIGNA. 
    "It's a nice marketing ploy," said computer security consultant Pete
    Shiply. "But if someone is concentrating on breaking into a site,
    eventually they will get in. There is no such thing as a secure site;
    security is economics, it's a question of money and how much you want to
    Asked what kind of intrusion might lead to a $25 million claim, Shiply was
    "While I haven't read the agreements, I am pretty sure you would not get
    that much,"  he said. "You would have to prove losses approaching that
    figure, and that will likely be a difficult thing to do." 
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