Cyber Insurance Will Reshape Cybersecurity

Insurance Journal | October 11, 2019

Cybersecurity is broken. It’s a bold statement, but given the increasing frequency of cyber breaches, along with the presence of more varied and evolving threats, there is growing uncertainty about the ability of the cybersecurity industry to protect its customers. There is virtually no company that isn’t a potential target. From mom-and-pop storefronts to Fortune 500 companies, no business is immune to cyber risk. Even with the best possible cybersecurity posture, there is always a threat of a breach. There are several factors driving the rise in cyber threats. They break down into a few core categories: more areas of exposure, difficulty in law enforcement and more creative hackers.

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As 2022 comes to a close, insurance companies are facing significant price losses across their portfolios, particularly within long-duration fixed income. On the horizon are the risks of a global recession, peaking fundamentals, persistent inflation and energy crises, particularly in Europe.

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As 2022 comes to a close, insurance companies are facing significant price losses across their portfolios, particularly within long-duration fixed income. On the horizon are the risks of a global recession, peaking fundamentals, persistent inflation and energy crises, particularly in Europe.

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Combined Insurance Opens New Regional Office in South Carolina

Combined Insurance | November 21, 2022

Combined Insurance Company of America, a Chubb company and a leading North American provider of supplemental insurance sold to employees at the worksite and directly to individuals, announced today that it has opened a new regional office in Columbia, South Carolina. "While the trend in many industries is to move away from in-person work, Combined believes it's important to offer our team members choice, flexibility, and a collaborative environment, Columbia is a wonderful place to do business. It offers a labor market talent-rich in insurance industry expertise, and the Southeast is a prime region for voluntary business sales growth." -Rich Williams, President of Combined Insurance Open, Flexible Space Combined's new regional office is located in 13,000 square feet on the 23rd floor of the Capitol Center, South Carolina's tallest building and more commonly called the Truist Building. The open floor plan provides an outstanding setting in which to host broker and customer meetings. Nearly 30 team members in the Columbia area, who previously worked remotely, will call the office home, including a cross-departmental mix of executives, sales and field support leadership, as well as members of the claims, compensation, finance, legal, licensing, marketing and operations teams. The office also provides additional space to accommodate additional staff as needed in the future. We have created a space where our teammates – not only from the Midlands but across the national Combined footprint – can gather to collaborate and work on behalf of our customers and policyholders, The area's abundant talent across job roles and the benefits industry makes it the perfect place for Combined to grow,said Eileen Castolene, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Combined. Voluntary Benefits Sector Combined offers life, accident, cancer, critical illness and disability insurance, as well as hospital indemnity protection. These products, when offered through the worksite, allow employers to offer employees additional financial peace of mind during these times of rising healthcare costs and economic turbulence. In today's tight labor market, a competitive benefits package can assist employers in recruiting and retaining talent. In fact, more than three-quarters of employees say voluntary benefits positively affect their decision to work for, or stay with, an employer (Corestream, 2021). Centennial Year Today's announcement comes at an important time for Combined, as it celebrates its 100th anniversary in business. The company was founded Nov. 13, 1922 in Chicago. As we mark our 100th birthday this week, and celebrate our distinctive history, we're proud to start our second century by expanding our office footprint and investing in Columbia, This new office enhances our ability to provide insurance solutions of value and help individuals and families in times of need,Williams said. About Combined Insurance Combined Insurance Company of America is a Chubb company and a leading provider of supplemental accident, health, disability, and life insurance products in the U.S.* and Canada. Headquartered in Chicago with a tradition of 100 years of success, we are committed to making the world of supplemental insurance easy to understand. The company has an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and an A + (Superior) financial strength rating by A.M. Best. We are ranked by VIQTORY as the number one Military Friendly® Employer in 2022 (over $1 billion revenue category), marking Combined's eleventh consecutive year on the Top 10 list.

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Boston Mutual Life and Majesco Collaborate to Improve Customer Experience

Boston Mutual Life and Majesco | January 27, 2023

In a statement released on January 26, 2023, Majesco informed that Boston Mutual Life has chosen the company to modernize its core business platform and improve customer experience and engagement. Paul A. Quaranto, Jr., Chairman, CEO, and President at Boston Mutual Life, stated, "By partnering with Majesco, we're able to transform our business and legacy solutions that will offer enhanced experiences for our policyholders, producers and employees." He added, "We're focused on doing what's best for our stakeholders, so we're excited to invest in advanced technology that enriches the customer experience and empowers us to leverage innovation to better support our mission to make it easier to do business with Boston Mutual Life." (Source – Business Wire) Boston Mutual Life Insurance Firm, a nationwide carrier that offers insurance solutions for working Americans and their families, was established as a progressive life insurance company in 1891. As a mutual company with locations in Canton, Massachusetts, and Omaha, Nebraska, it is committed to acting in the interests of its policyholders, producers, workers, and communities. Adam Elster, CEO at Majesco, remarked, "We are looking forward to partnering with Boston Mutual Life on their transformation journey." "They have over 131 years of experience and success and continue to invest in solutions that keep them at the forefront of the industry. We are honored they selected Majesco to not only address their current needs but to also provide a foundation for innovation and enhance the customer experience of the future," he concluded. (Source – Business Wire) About Majesco Majesco is one of the partners that P&C and L&A insurers choose to create and deliver great customer experiences. Its SaaS platform solutions for core, digital, data & analytics, distribution, and a rich ecosystem of partners are used by more than 350 insurers, reinsurers, brokers, MGAs, and greenfields/startups to create their next now. With more than 900 successful implementations, it is one of those companies that can bridge the gap between the old way of doing things in the insurance industry and a digital-only mindset. About Boston Mutual Life Insurance Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company, a prominent US insurer, offers a variety of insurance alternatives to industrious families and individuals. The progressive life insurance company, founded in 1891, provides insurance products and services to working Americans and their families with convenient enrollment and billing options through the workplace. Its headquarters are in Canton, Massachusetts, and Omaha, Nebraska. Boston Mutual Life puts policyholders, clients, employees, and communities first.

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Hawksoft and Input 1 Partner to Enable Premium Collection for Insurance Agencies

HawkSoft and Input 1 | January 20, 2023

On January 19, 2023, HawkSoft, a provider of agency management systems in the insurance industry, and Input 1, which delivers digital billing, payments, and premium finance solutions, entered into a partnership that allows HawkSoft agencies to use premium collection functionalities. Input 1 has spent over 30 years perfecting its comprehensive billing and payments platform, which simplifies the intricacies of the premium collection lifecycle. Input 1's services are used by over 125 carriers, finance companies, managing general agents, and thousands of insurance agents to bill and collect premiums from their customers. HawkSoft's agency management system has succeeded by creating a central insurance platform with API-powered connectivity throughout the insurtech stack. In addition, the company focuses on delivering technology guided by real-world workflows to independent insurance agencies, increasing revenue and efficiency. With the integration of Input 1's premium finance and payments solution, HawkSoft clients can use data directly from their management system to accept digital payments for pay-in-full policies, offer digital premium financing, and set up recurring payments via debit, credit, and ACH. The integration also prevents double-entry in their common workflows. Rushang Shah, Chief Marketing Officer of HawkSoft, said, "One of our key goals is to support the unique approaches independent insurance agencies apply in running their businesses." He further expressed, "We are happy to collaborate with Input 1 and welcome them to our ecosystem as a Solution Partner." (Source – PR Newswire) About HawkSoft Based in Canby (Oregon), Hawsoft provides management systems to organizations that want efficient workflows, unique experiences for employees and policyholders, and tools to foster meaningful relationships. The company, founded by independent agents, provides an innovative system that powers thousands of agencies. HawkSoft aims to assist agents in performing quality work more efficiently - not by pushing them to adapt to the software but by ensuring that it automates the steps that agents already know work best. AboutInput 1 Input 1, LLC offers digital billing and payment solutions to property and liability insurers. The company's digital billing and payment solutions provide insurance carriers and MGAs with tailored offerings at a lower cost and faster implementation than internal IT resources. In addition, its outsourcing helps banks, insurance carriers, and insurance brokers develop lucrative profit centers that increase client support and service alternatives.

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