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Hiscox Adds Cyber Crime Protection to Technology Portfolio



Hiscox Adds Cyber Crime Protection to Technology Portfolio

Endorsement addresses mounting cyber crime exposures for small and
medium-sized businesses

NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hiscox, the international
specialist insurer, today announced the addition of a new Cyber Crime
protection endorsement to its Technology Privacy Cyber portfolio. The Cyber
Crime coverage option provides additional protection against growing exposures
related to cyber crime connected to business bank accounts.

"Technology is increasingly being used to attack or threaten businesses, but
many companies are unaware of the new and growing exposures related to cyber
crime that they may face," said Jim Whetstone, Professions Practice Leader,
Hiscox USA.

Small and medium-sized businesses are becoming more vulnerable to cyber crime
as their online financial transaction rates increase. Fifty-one percent of
small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) transferred funds online in 2012, up
6% from 2011. However, the majority of SMBs admit that the computer they use
is "not safe or they are unsure" (2012 Business Banking Trust Study).

As much as $1 billion per year is being stolen from SMB bank accounts, but
financial institutions are only fully reimbursing those companies about 25% of
the time (2012 Business Banking Trust Study). Business bank accounts have less
protection and significantly higher liability for fraud than personal
accounts. Often, if the compromise occurs at the business and not at the bank,
the bank will not reimburse companies for their losses.

"Most businesses would not be able to withstand an attack that emptied their
bank account, but without proper coverage, getting reimbursed is not
guaranteed," said Matt Donovan, Technology Underwriting Leader, Hiscox USA.
"Hiscox has added the Cyber Crime protection endorsement to provide these
businesses with protection not provided by many banks."

Hiscox's Technology Privacy Cyber portfolio provides US-based businesses
specialized protection for cyber crime and data breaches. As a pioneer in this
space, Hiscox has provided technology- and privacy-related protection for
exposures to thousands of clients for over 15 years.

In addition to Cyber Crime protection, Hiscox Technology Privacy Cyber
portfolio offers protection for:

  * Technology Errors and Omissions
  * Privacy and Network Security Liability
  * Data Breach Costs
  * Cyber Business Interruption
  * Cyber Extortion
  * Miscellaneous Professional Liability
  * Multimedia Liability

Hiscox is a global provider of technology and privacy protection. In the US,
Hiscox offers a diverse portfolio of property, professional liability and
other commercial insurance products, and has offices in New York, NY; White
Plains, NY; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; and San Francisco, CA.

Additional information can be found at www.hiscoxusa.com/broker.

For further information please contact:

Hunter Hoffmann

646-442-8341

hunter.hoffmann@hiscox.com

Kate Dillon

203-254-1300 x115

kdillon@prosek.com
 
About Hiscox in the US

Hiscox, the international specialist insurer, is headquartered in Bermuda and
listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:HSX).  There are three main
underwriting parts of the Group - Hiscox London Market, Hiscox UK and Europe
and Hiscox International.  Hiscox International includes operations in
Bermuda, Guernsey and the USA. Hiscox Syndicates Ltd is authorized by the
Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct
Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority.  The ability of syndicates at
Lloyd's to do business in the USA, and its territories, is restricted as they
are not US-based insurers. Hiscox Underwriting Limited and Hiscox ASM Limited
are authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Hiscox Inc., a Delaware corporation headquartered in New York, d/b/a Hiscox
Insurance Agency in CA, is a licensed insurance intermediary for admitted and
surplus lines business.  Hiscox Inc. underwrites on behalf of, and places
business with, Hiscox Insurance Company Inc., other domestic insurers, and
syndicates at Lloyd's (www.lloyds.com). Hiscox Insurance Company Inc. (NAIC
Number 10200) is a Chicago, IL domiciled insurer, which is admitted or
licensed to do business in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Inquiries as to insurance or other products or services should be directed to
an insurance agent or broker licensed to conduct business in the relevant US
state.  For further information about an insurer's ability to do business in
the USA and US territories please contact a licensed agent or broker for
advice.
 
This communication provides general information on Hiscox's products and
services only and is not intended to be, and does not constitute, a
solicitation of business by syndicates at Lloyd's from or in respect of the
USA or US territories. Coverages are subject to underwriting and may not be
available in all states.  The information contained herein is not a part of an
insurance policy, and may not be used to modify any insurance policy that
might be issued. In the event the actual policy forms are inconsistent with
any information provided herein, the language of the policy forms shall
govern.

CONTACT: Kate Dillon
         203-254-1300 x115
         kdillon@prosek.com

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