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Cybersecurity Insurance: Circuit Courts Weigh in on Insurers’ Liability for an Insured’s Losses Stemming from a Data Breach

November 8, 2022

By: Martin T. Shepherd , Quintin DiLucente

Takeaway: When a cybersecurity-related incident occurs, an insured should not automatically assume a standard commercial general liability (CGL) policy issued by an insurer will cover their losses, as CGL policies generally afford coverage to an insured for losses resulting from bodily injury and property damage. An insured’s cybersecurity losses can encompass much more, such as losses arising from a data breach concerning confidential or personal information of a client or customer, i.e., third parties who fall outside of the scope of an insured’s traditional CGL policy. Therefore, to ensure cyber coverage exists in the wake of a cyber incident, an insured should make certain that potential cyber-related losses are included within the “four corners” of the underlying insurance policy to secure a defense and, more importantly, coverage from an insurer. Read More

Requirements of Cybersecurity Expert Testimony in the Third Circuit

September 14, 2022

By: Christopher A. Iacono , Quintin DiLucente

Takeaway: In many data breach cases, a cybersecurity expert may evaluate whether the company’s security measures were reasonable and appropriate or, alternatively, if the company lacked the requisite technology to detect a breach. In some circumstances, however, a party’s proposed expert may be challenged on the basis of unfair prejudice. Yet, under the Third Circuit’s “generally liberal standard of qualifying experts”, such a challenge was recently overcome by a party whose expert had advanced IT credentials, 20+ years of relevant professional experience, and offered an opinion with probative evidentiary value that outweighed any danger of unfair prejudice. Read More
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