Alera Group expands Texas presence with another major acquisition

Alera Group | January 15, 2020

Hot on the heels of its recent acquisition of Massachusetts-based insurer Sylvia Group, Alera Group has announced another major deal. The national insurance firm revealed that it has acquired AMCORP, a Texas-based firm that provides benefits consulting and financial planning services to clients throughout the Southwest. Alan Levitz, chief executive officer of Alera Group, said that the acquisition “continues Alera Group’s expansion of its presence in Texas.” “We look forward to the contributions that Vince and Craig will be able to make utilizing their employee benefits and financial planning expertise to enhance the services of Alera Group firms throughout the region and across the country,” said Levitz.

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Surefire Cyber Introduces Incident Response Company to Aid the Cyber Insurance Industry

Surefire Cyber | June 01, 2022

Surefire Cyber, a new incident response company, debuted today to assist cyber insurers, brokers, legal firms, and the enterprises they support in better managing cyber events like ransomware, email hacking, and other cybercrimes. The firm received a $10 million Series A round of funding from Forgepoint Capital. Surefire Cyber's goal is to work with our clients and partners to swiftly manage a cyber incident and then bring forward capabilities to help them become more cyber resilient. Our delivery of end-to-end digital forensics and incident response capabilities is built on a tech-enabled framework and delivered through a platform that aligns and connects an organization's executives, technical team, insurance carrier, and legal counsel." Billy Gouveia, the CEO and Founder of Surefire Cyber. Surefire Cyber is committed to being great partners to carriers, brokers, Breach Coaches®, and the clients they work together to support. We are pleased to welcome them as new contributors to the cyber insurance ecosystem who offer deep experience and a valuable perspective." Mark Greisiger, President and Founder of NetDiligence®. Based on two long-term trends: the rising cost of cyber incidents and the growing adoption of cyber insurance, industry veterans found Surefire Cyber as a purpose-built response firm that leverages a proven team and a tech-enabled platform to improve transparency, improve decision making, minimize business interruption, and guide organizations from recovery to long-term resilience. Forgepoint Capital, the world's most active early-stage cybersecurity venture capital firm, is backing Surefire Cyber. Before he started Surefire Cyber, Gouveia worked as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Forgepoint. There, he helped develop the company's strategy, business model, technology, and team, as well as build important partnerships with companies across the firm's portfolio.

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Shift Technology Automates and Optimizes Decision Making Across the Policy Lifecycle

Shift Technology | January 28, 2021

Shift Technology, a supplier of AI-driven decision automation and optimization solutions for the global insurance industry, today declared availability of both new products and moves up to existing solutions inside the Shift Insurance Suite (Shift Technology Automates and Optimizes Decision Making Across the Policy Lifecycle). The Shift Insurance Suite is a bunch of cloud-based AI solutions which backing improved decision making by insurance representatives across divisions. Shift spearheaded the utilization of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help insurers not just better spot possible fraud in the claims cycle yet in addition settle on more educated decisions about how best to react to these dubious claims. The capacity to rapidly decide whether a claim ought to be explored and assuming this is the case, recognize the ideal analytical methodology infuses huge productivity and exactness into the general claims measure. The organization based on its achievement in fraud detection to address the insurance industry's longing to eliminate grating from the claims cycle and advance toward low-contact, no-contact, and completely computerized claims settlement from first notice of loss (FNOL) through to payment. Today, Shift Claims Automation and Shift Claims Fraud Detection are the lead products in the Shift Insurance Suite. "AI is ideally suited to help insurance professionals make the best decisions possible in support of their customers and their business," stated Marcel Gordon, vice president, Product, Shift Technology. "The ability to ingest and organize massive amounts of structured and unstructured data, understand relationships and connections between individuals, and then do sophisticated analysis enables Shift to provide insurers with a new generation of tools. Shift is putting AI in the hands of operational teams at insurers around the globe." With the declaration of the Shift Insurance Suite, the organization is expanding on its accomplishment in fraud detection and claims automation with the presentation of new products focusing on extra cycles in claims and across the approach lifecycle. To help workers all the more rapidly and precisely recognize openings for subrogation, the organization is presently offering Shift Subrogation Detection. Outside of claims, Shift Underwriting Fraud Detection is intended to give basic data valuable in concluding whether to give insurance inclusion to an individual or business. The organization's new Financial Crime Detection product underpins against illegal tax avoidance, worker fraud detection, and other consistence activities. Shift's products are explicitly intended to incorporate with, and increase the value of, existing center claims management systems. "Insurance is a business of decisions, and making the optimal decision can drive incredible benefits," explained Eric Sibony, chief scientific officer and co-founder, Shift Technology. "Through our work with some of the leading insurance companies in the world we have been able to demonstrate the exceptional power of AI to both optimize and fully automate some of the most important insurance decisions, driving significant value for carriers and their policyholders." To address the decision optimization and automation necessities of the global insurance industry, Shift has assembled its solutions around a powerful AI decision engine that can break down numerous sorts of structured and unstructured data given by the insurer, the insured, and/or external third parties. This may incorporate claims data, including claims handlers' notes, photos and other checked pictures, and unique reports, to give some examples. Shift has reliably exhibited its solutions beat decides based just methodologies that can't coordinate the precision and productivity given by insurance-explicit AI. At press time, the organization has insurers at different phases of sending for every one of its decision automatization and optimization products. The Shift Insurance Suite is comprised of: Shift Claims Fraud Detection: This award-winning technology is in use by more than 80 of the world's leading insurance companies including CSAA Insurance Group and MS & AD Insurance Group to name only a few. On top of the proven capability to detect fraud using data and documents, new capabilities introduced with the launch of the Shift Insurance Suite put the power of Shift's rich insurance data model, with all of the insurer's data denoised, reconstructed and linked together, in the hands of investigators. There is expanded support for the use of images and documents in the detection of fraud, as well as visual exploration of data using a network graph and the ability to search and browse through the complete data model. Shift Claims Automation: Available in two deployment models - Digital Journey and Augmented Adjustment - this solution uses AI to automate the claims process from FNOL through to final settlement. Digital Journey empowers policyholders directly, delivering a self-service claims experience - FNOL, tracking and settlement - with AI decision-making built in. The claims experience is customized to each insurer to match their claims process, handling policies and branding. Augmented Adjustment integrates AI-supported decision making directly into the Claims Management System, decreasing turnaround time and optimizing claims handlers' time during the claims process. 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SafeAuto Launches Sober Driving Campaign to Give Drivers Safe Ways to Celebrate this Holiday Season

SafeAuto | November 17, 2021

While many Americans celebrated the holidays at home last year, more families are expected to travel and gather once again, which could lead to an uptick in drunk driving. A new national survey of over 1,900 US adults ages 21+, conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of SafeAuto, reveals 40 percent of Americans ages 21-34 say they are more likely to drive after consuming alcohol over the holidays than other times of the year. The survey also found more than 6 in 10 Americans ages 21+ (62%) worry they've been a passenger in a vehicle when they've known the driver has had too much to drink, while 49% of those 21-34 say they themselves have regretted driving after having too much to drink. To encourage drivers to celebrate safely, SafeAuto is launching the We Got You: Drive Sober Get Rewarded campaign to help drivers make a plan when alcohol is involved, giving away Uber rides and hotel stays to help them do so. "Drunk driving is always more prevalent during the holidays, with Thanksgiving and the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve often among the deadliest for drivers. We want everyone to play it safe this holiday season, and that starts by having a plan to avoid drunk driving such as using rideshare, having a designated driver, or making arrangements to stay somewhere for the night." - Amber Yeray, Marketing Leader, SafeAuto. Whether behind the wheel or as a passenger, SafeAuto wants to make sure consumers don't end up in a dangerous situation when alcohol is involved over the holidays. Only about 3 in 5 Americans ages 21+ (62%) say they always make a plan to get home safely after drinking alcohol. To help drivers make a plan to celebrate safely, SafeAuto is giving away over $35,000 in Uber rides and hotel stays through the We Got You: Drive Sober Get Rewarded campaign. For a chance to win all consumers must do is: Survey Methodology This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of SafeAuto between October 19-21, 2021 among 2,006 US adults ages 18+, among whom 1,936 are ages 21+. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. Complete methodology is available upon request. About SafeAuto Safe Auto Insurance Group Inc., an Allstate Company, has been a leading provider of affordable state minimum coverage since its founding in 1993. SafeAuto has always been proud to call Columbus, Ohio home. With an unwavering entrepreneurial spirit and the idea that everybody has the right to have insurance, we're now providing options in 28 states for drivers who are looking to save hard-earned dollars. SafeAuto offers flexible payment plans, immediate coverage, and 24/7 customer service through the phone and web. Whether you're looking for auto, commercial, home, life, motorcycle or renters insurance, our dedicated team rides with you around the clock to ensure we are providing you the coverage that fits your needs.

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