Distinguished Blog - Cyber Liability

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Hotel Cybersecurity Best Practices

In 2018, after detecting suspicious activity in the reservation database of a Marriott hotel company, security investigators discovered two forms of malware. Hackers had used one program to access the hotel computer system and another to surf its memory for valuable data. The massive security breach stole private information like passport numbers and credit cards…

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2021 Holiday Shopping Tips

‘Tis the season to shop with many consumers starting early to take advantage of brand sales and to ensure stock is available and packages arrive on time in light of supply-chain issues and projected late deliveries. In fact, 68% of shoppers surveyed by Deloitte said they plan to begin shopping before Thanksgiving. While fun (and…

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A Closer Look… Ghost Kitchens Package

Ghost kitchens, also known as “cloud” or “virtual kitchens,” are cooking facilities chefs and restauranteurs can lease. There are no dining rooms, seats, tables, waiters, hosts/hostesses, cashiers, or patrons. As one publication described them, ghost kitchens are sort of the “We Work” for chefs. In essence, they are physical spaces for operators to create off-premises…

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How to Be Prepared for Cyber Monday Hacks

Cyber Monday is the appointed day when people frantically shop online for the best deals in time for the holidays. Everything from TVs, phones, and laptops to mattresses and appliances are promoted as being available at the lowest price all year. According to Adobe’s yearly shopping insights report, retailers reported a whopping $10.8 billion in…

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Cyber Rates Are Going Up, but Purchasing Coverage Is More Important Than Ever

While many of the cyberattacks that get press are against high-profile entities or organizations, all types and sizes of business, including hotels and restaurants, are vulnerable to the sophisticated methods utilized by today’s cybercriminals – from phishing to ransomware and scareware tactics. Additionally, cybercriminals have upped their game with attacks rising consistently over the last…

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Be Cyber Smart! Tips from Cybersecurity Awareness Month

You visit Facebook and type in your password. Red letters tell you your information is not recognized. You attempt to reset your password but notice your account has a new and unfamiliar email address. It dawns on you all at once: your account has been hacked.

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How Hybrid Work Challenges IT Departments

When work-from-home became a reality for most professionals last year due to the pandemic, many firms had to rethink their best practices in order to adequately protect against network security, data breaches, and other IT vulnerabilities. As many firms are now adopting a hybrid work approach that consists of working in the office and remote,…

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The Spate of Ransomware Attacks Puts Focus on Cyber Insurance Need

The recent surge in ransomware attacks has many private and public companies along with government entities reviewing their need for cyber insurance. Ransomware is where cybercriminals use malicious software to hold an organization’s computer system hostage and demand payment (typically in the form of bitcoin/cryptocurrency) to give back control.

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Why You Need Cyber Insurance

In the past year, we’ve seen key emerging cyber trends as bad actors up their game with more sophisticated and targeted attacks against businesses. According to a report by Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), 2020 saw a continued trend among cybercriminals in moving away from mass attacks seeking consumer information and toward attacks that target…

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Cyber Insurance Part of Business Continuity for Limited-Service, Franchise Hotels

Cybercriminals continue to attack the hospitality industry, becoming increasingly more sophisticated in their tactics. While high-profile incidents such as Marriott’s data breach earlier this year and MGM Resort’s data breach in 2019 that affected 10.6 million guests make headline news, limited-service and smaller franchise hotels are also the victims of bad actors, with data theft,…

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Remote Work Cybersecurity Best Practices

Hacking activity is up, with cybercriminals taking advantage of remote work vulnerabilities amid the COVID-19 crisis. There are approximately 85 million Americans working from home. In fact, researchers cite that activity against corporations in the United States more than doubled by some measures in March, with malware infections, phishing tactics ,and ransomware running rampant. That’s…

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