AXIS head looks at increasing cyber risk awareness

AXIS | February 03, 2020

AXIS head looks at increasing cyber risk awareness
At the last NetDiligence cyber conference held in London, head of cyber and technology underwriting performance at AXIS Capital, James Creasy (pictured), contributed to a discussion regarding cyber warfare and exclusions. Following up on this event, Creasy spoke with Insurance Business to give his perspective on the significance of major cyber events on increasing awareness of cyber risk and the importance of educating brokers and clients in this area. Creasy, who got his start in the insurance industry as an underwriter for W R Berkley, has seen first-hand the rapid growth within the cyber insurance industry in the last five years. When he joined Novae Group in 2015, Creasy said, he was part of a team of three. When AXIS bought Novae in 2017, the team became much larger and has continued growing substantially since then.

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Information for the insured The Insurer Anker Insurance Company n.v., having its registered office at Paterswoldseweg 812 at 9728 BM Groningen, in these policy conditions referred to as “Anker”. Anker is registered with the Autoriteit Financiële Markten (AFM) (the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets) under number 12000661 and is authorized by De Nederlandsche Bank (“DNB”).

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Information for the insured The Insurer Anker Insurance Company n.v., having its registered office at Paterswoldseweg 812 at 9728 BM Groningen, in these policy conditions referred to as “Anker”. Anker is registered with the Autoriteit Financiële Markten (AFM) (the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets) under number 12000661 and is authorized by De Nederlandsche Bank (“DNB”).