The hardened insurance market, costly incidents of cyber crime, and a new ISO Electronic Data Liability endorsement, which provides clear limitations for cyber risks under its Commercial General Liability standard-are all factors driving commercial insurers to reevaluate their business liability coverage. And many of them are beginning to separate cyber coverage from commercial general liability coverage."You're clearly starting to see traditional insurance policies getting much clearer on their intent around cyber exposures," says Jon Farber, assistant vice president of global technology underwriting at St. Paul Cos. The St. Paul-based insurer is one of several commercial insurers offering cyber insurance. Others include Zurich North America, AIG, Chubb, and Lloyd's of London.

Many of these carriers are also creating alliances with Internet security firms. Through these alliances, insurers assess the security of businesses applying for cyber coverage, and offer them prequalification or discounts on premiums for installing specific security technologies.

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