March 22nd, 2019

Week’s Top Stories: March 16 - 22, 2019

Posted at 10:00 AM ET

Global Cyber Terrorism Incidents on the Rise: The nature of the terrorism threat facing society has changed considerably in the last 20 years. Previously, governments and (re)insurers structured their mitigation strategies and responses to deal with attacks that were large in scale.

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Climate Change Has Claimed Its Biggest Corporate Victim; Now Banks Are on Alert: When PG&E filed for Chapter 11 protection in January, The Wall Street Journal dubbed it the “first climate change bankruptcy.” The California power utility was facing USD 30 billion in potential liabilities following a series of devastating wildfires linked to its equipment. Wildfires were made more likely by a prolonged period of hot, dry weather that had reduced the surrounding forests to tinder and which scientists have since attributed to climate change.

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The Transformation of Biological Risks: Deliberate Attacks: Received wisdom is that biological agents are an unattractive weapon, in part because of the perceived risks involved in their production, and also because of the difficulty of targeting particular groups or populations. But this is not an area for complacency. A report commissioned last year by the U.S. Department of Defense highlights the “almost limitless list of malicious activities that could potentially be pursued with biology” and draws parallels with the importance of advances in physics and chemistry during the Cold War.

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GC Capital Ideas Covers Modeling Developments: GC Capital Ideas presents a review of our recent stories covering modeling for various perils.

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Affirmative Versus Silent Cyber: An Overview: While the current debate over “affirmative” versus “non-affirmative” coverage has been ongoing for a few years, WannaCry and Petya/NotPetya cyberattacks helped make the issue of “silent cyber” more critical. These two 2017 cyberattacks effectively shifted the conversation from data breach, notification costs and third-party liability to first-party liability insuring agreements due to the extent and expanse of the systematic, large-scale damages they triggered.

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First Singapore Catastrophe Bond Sets Stage for ILS Expansion in Asia-Pacific: The first catastrophe bond has been issued out of Singapore. This highlights the potential of the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market in the region, and is aligned with the city-state’s efforts to establish itself as a global hub for Asian risk transfer. The bond is sponsored by Insurance Australia Group (IAG) as part of its 2019 catastrophe aggregate reinsurance cover and represents the first such transaction by the company.

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