Payment protection insurance batters RBS and CYBG

RBS and CYBG | September 05, 2019

The ghost of payment protection insurance (PPI) past is not done haunting the likes of CYBG Plc and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Anyone closely watching the PPI space will know about last week’s mad scramble to get last-minute complaints in. Now that the dust has settled, RBS and the parent firm of Clydesdale Bank have issued their respective updates on further costs they will incur in handling the additional claims. “The volume of claims received during August was significantly higher than expected, with a further spike in the final days leading up to the deadline of 29 August 2019,” stated the Edinburgh-headquartered lender, which made provisions for PPI claims to the end of June totalling £5.3 billion.

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Pacific Prime, a global employee benefits and insurance brokerage, today announced the launch of their new report on the International Private Medical Insurance (IPMI) landscape. As the industry's first-ever report that provides a macro snapshot of global trends, changes, and challenges facing individuals and businesses, the State of Health Insurance Report 2018-2019 seeks to simplify insurance for buyers so they can make more informed purchasing decisions.

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Pacific Prime, a global employee benefits and insurance brokerage, today announced the launch of their new report on the International Private Medical Insurance (IPMI) landscape. As the industry's first-ever report that provides a macro snapshot of global trends, changes, and challenges facing individuals and businesses, the State of Health Insurance Report 2018-2019 seeks to simplify insurance for buyers so they can make more informed purchasing decisions.

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Cybersecurity Solutions for Buildings: A Launch by Schneider Electric and Claroty to Reduce Cyber and Asset Risks for Smart Buildings

Schneider Electric | June 20, 2022

Schneider Electric, the global leader in energy management, automation, and digital transformation, announced the launch of Cybersecurity Solutions for Buildings. This solution assists all building customers in securing their building management systems (BMS) to protect their people, assets, and operations. The collaborative solution with Claroty, a security company for cyber-physical systems in industrial, healthcare, and commercial environments, will combine award-winning technology with Schneider Electric industry expertise and services to identify all facility-wide assets, deliver unparalleled risk and vulnerability management capabilities, and provide continuous threat monitoring to protect enterprise investments. By 2050, it is expected that half of today's buildings will still be in use. This is causing commercial buildings to digitize their assets, including updating their building management system. Indeed, IoT technology for buildings is expected to grow from 1.7 billion connected devices at the end of 2020 to more than 3 billion by 2025. The integration of IoT in buildings is sparking an exciting shift across the sector, but like with any innovation, it also presents new risks, For threat actors looking to disrupt operations, benefit financially and/or achieve other objectives, and in so doing to put individuals at risk, buildings can appear to be the perfect target. It is with this in mind that we are partnering with Claroty to bring our customers a comprehensive, industry-leading solution that meets the unique security and operational risks facing buildings of today and of the future.” Annick Villeneuve, Vice President Digital Enterprise Solutions, Schneider Electric. Schneider Electric and Claroty's Cybersecurity Solutions for Buildings offer includes the following steps: asset discovery, risk assessment, remote access control, threat detection, and response. It will provide building owners, facility operators, and security teams with a simple solution that identifies baseline risks, reduce both cyber and asset risks and identify and remediates threats in their environment before service interruption. Schneider Electric's core mission in developing Cybersecurity Solutions for Buildings for our customers remains unchanged: by improving the resiliency of their buildings today. In the future, through an enhanced cybersecurity posture with the right technology and expertise, Schneider Electric works hand-in-hand with our customers as their digital partner for sustainability and efficiency, assisting them in making the most of their investments.

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Lemonade Completes Acquisition of Metromile

Lemonade, Metromile | August 01, 2022

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A Free Resource for Insurance Compliance Information and Updates with the Launch of AgentSync Compliance Library

AgentSync | June 17, 2022

The AgentSync Compliance Library, one of the insurance industry's leading resources, is an open-source destination for news, information, and real-time updates. Here’s the unveiling of the Compliance Library by AgentSync to power growth and innovation in the insurance industry. The technology is a free resource covering over 8000 compliance data points across 53 U.S. insurance jurisdictions. The Compliance Library was created by and for insurance industry experts to aid in their efforts to stay up-to-date and learn from it. It contains everything from regulatory and compliance basics to state-by-state FAQs and news. Constantly keeping up with the time-consuming and tedious manual processes and incomplete and disconnected information is exhausting and creates significant risk for the producers and the businesses they represent. As a result, AgentSync created a first-of-its-kind open-source library to enable producer compliance. This tool is designed to give insurance and compliance professionals quick access to a database of jurisdiction-level information and regulatory updates from across the United States insurance industry. The AgentSync Compliance Library is intended to be a resource for facilitating help in the verification of: Contact information for the state insurance department: address, phone, email, website, and commissioner name Information on appointments and terminations, including deadlines, fees, renewals, and more. Agency information, including licensing requirements by jurisdiction and affiliations. Producer information, including licensing requirements by jurisdiction, renewal deadlines, fees, address requirements, and more. Adjuster information such as deadlines, fees, and renewals. Industry experts who understood regulatory nuances and had an unrivaled passion for helping customers' efforts built AgentSync to achieve and maintain compliance. Thanks to AgentSync's expertise, products, and the new Compliance Library, everyone in the industry can continue to learn and grow with confidence. About AgentSync AgentSync enables rapid growth for insurance carriers, agencies, and MGAs by providing modern producer management tools. AgentSync's products reduce friction, increase efficiency, and maintain compliance through customer-centric design, seamless APIs, and automation, ultimately helping to improve the broker onboarding, contracting, licensing, and compliance processes. AgentSync, which was founded in 2018 by Niranjan "Niji" Sabharwal and Jenn Knight and is headquartered in Denver, CO, has been named one of Denver's Best Places to Work, a Forbes Magazine Cloud 100 Rising Star, an Insurtech Insights Future 50 winner, and is ranked 88 on Forbes' list of America's 500 Best Startup Employers in 2022.

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