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ACE USA Launches Comprehensive Network Risk Insurance Program to Help Businesses Address Privacy Exposures and Network Security Threats
Apr 16, 2005
PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 15, 2005--ACE USA, the U.S.-based retail operating division of The ACE Group of Companies, today announced that its ACE USA International & Specialty Group, in conjunction with ACE Professional Risk, has launched a new first party network risk insurance product. This comprehensive program-- ACE Digital DNA(SM) (Data*Network*Availability) -- provides network risk insurance to help businesses and organizations of all sizes address the key network security and privacy exposures they face, and helps to fill coverage gaps associated with traditional property policies. 

"Threats to network security, cyber extortion and business interruption are rapidly growing problems for all businesses, from manufacturers and retailers to web-based companies that could face financial ruin by an ill-timed shutdown," said Ed Zaccaria, President, ACE USA International & Specialty Group.

Today's companies are challenged by huge volumes of data to manage and protect, while trying to maintain a growing network infrastructure. Emerging risks to these intangible assets can result in significant loss and expense.

"We're pleased to make available this flexible, essential gap coverage to all companies who operate in today's high-risk business arena, and whose potential services, products and cyber exposures mirror the rapidly evolving breadth and complexity of the technology itself," said Brad Gow, Vice President, ACE Professional Risk.

Coverages provided by ACE Digital DNA(SM) Network Risk Insurance Program can include:

-- Digital Asset Loss: Covers costs incurred to replace, restore or recollect data that has been corrupted or destroyed as a result of a network security failure.

-- Cyber Extortion: Covers extortion monies and associated expenses arising out of a criminal threat to release sensitive information or bring down the insured's network unless such consideration is paid.

-- Security Failure Notification Expense: Offers reimbursement for compliance expenses incurred under personal privacy and identity theft legislation -- including California SB 1386 regulation -- requiring notification of affected individuals if they suspect that personal identification information housed on their system has been compromised.

-- Business Interruption: Covers loss of income and extra expense arising out of the interruption of network service due to an attack on the insureds network. This includes the acts of criminal hackers, malicious insiders, and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) computer attacks.

-- Contingent Business Interruption: Covers loss of income and extra expense to the insured arising out of a network interruption caused by a key service provider. This can include co-location, web-hosting companies, and outsourced e-commerce service providers.

The above is a summary of product highlights; please see the policy for actual terms and conditions. For more product information, please contact Brad Gow, Vice President of ACE Professional Risk at 215-640-1949 or

ACE USA is the U.S.-based retail operating division of The ACE Group of Companies, headed by ACE Limited (NYSE:ACE), and is rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company and A+ (Strong) by Standard & Poor's. ACE USA, through its underwriting companies, provides insurance products and services throughout the U.S. Additional information on ACE USA and its products and services can be found at The ACE Group of Companies provides insurance and reinsurance for a diverse group of clients around the world.



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