Beazley launches cyber risk suite for international policyholders

Insurance Business America | October 23, 2019

Specialist insurer Beazley has announced the launch of a suite of cyber risk management services for international cyber policyholders. The resources are designed to help mitigate the risk of a cyber breach, and include pre-breach and risk management services selected and managed by Beazley’s in-house Beazley Breach Response (BBR) Services team. The cyber risk management suite includes: Unlimited access to Beazley’s risk management portal, beazleybreachsolutions.com. Unlimited access to online onboarding information. Personalized onboarding sessions available for policyholders who meet minimum premium thresholds. Onsite incident-response workshops for policyholders who meet minimum premium thresholds.

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