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Willis Towers Watson launches cyberinsurance solution for general aviation industry

Published 27 February 2018

Willis Towers Watson has launched Willis Towers Watson Aerospace Cyber Guard, a cyberinsurance solution for the general aviation industry.

The company introduced the product at the Helicopter Association International’s 2018 HAI Heli-Expo, February 26 to March 1, in Las Vegas.

As a market leader in aviation, Willis Towers Watson recognizes that cyber risk exposure is a growing concern for general aviation companies as their business models evolve and they increasingly rely on in-house or outsourced technology to run their business. Until now, a cyber-specific insurance product for the industry did not exist, leaving many operators with potential coverage gaps in their insurance programs.

Willis Towers Watson Aerospace Cyber Guard was developed in cooperation with Berkley Cyber Risk Solutions, a Berkley Company, and is available to a range of North American-based general aviation companies, including charter operators, tour operators, flying clubs, flight schools, fixed-based operators, maintenance repair operators, small aviation-related manufacturing and fleet management companies.

The cyberinsurance solution will be provided by one or more insurance company subsidiaries of W. R. Berkley Corporation.

For insureds, a streamlined application process offers organizations ease and efficiency in obtaining tailored coverage at agreed-upon terms. Key features include first-party cyberliability coverage for:

Losses stemming from data breach response and forensic costs

Business interruption losses following a data-security event targeting the insureds computer system or outside service provider’s system

Hits to the insureds brand or reputation

Reasonable dollar amounts surrendered to prevent ransomware extortion

Losses stemming from social engineering schemes, including fraudulent money transfers

Willis Towers Watson Aerospace, North America president Jason Saunders said: “As the general aviation industry wakes up to cyber risk exposures, Willis Towers Watson is leading the way by offering a tailored and specific solution to fill potential cyber coverage gaps due to the changing risk landscape.

“Willis Towers Watson Aerospace Cyber Guard is part of our integrated approach to advising companies on how to manage their cyber risks, operate more confidently in this unchartered territory and ultimately protect their brand,” he added.

FINEX Cyber/E&O, North America head Joe DePaul said: “We are proud to offer this industry-specific solution, which was created as a result of close collaboration between our aviation business and our cyberinsurance team.

“By capitalizing on Willis Towers Watson’s extensive cyber risk expertise and market knowledge, we are able to help clients address cyber exposures that are unique to their business.”

Willis Towers Watson Aerospace Cyber Guard is the latest Willis Towers Watson solution to help the aviation industry manage cyber risk. In 2017, CyFly was introduced to provide tailored cyber coverage for large airlines.

Source: Company Press Release