New York issues cyber insurance framework as ransomware, SolarWinds costs mount

New York issues cyber insurance framework as ransomware, SolarWinds costs mount

On February 4, 2021, New York became the first state in the nation to issue a cybersecurity insurance risk framework to all authorized property and casualty insurers. In releasing the framework, New York's Department of Financial Services (DFS) said that "[f]rom the rise of ransomware to the recently revealed SolarWinds-based cyber-espionage campaign, it is clear that cybersecurity is now critically important to almost every aspect of modern life – from consumer protection to national security."

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The framework applies to all property or casualty insurers that write cybersecurity insurance. However, the DFS wants all insurers, even though those that don't offer cybersecurity insurance, to "still evaluate their exposure to 'silent risk' and take appropriate steps to reduce that exposure."

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