Hiscox introduces Security Incident Response policy to meet changing risk landscape

Specialist global insurer Hiscox has announced the launch of a new Security Incident Response (SIR) policy specifically designed to address the changing risk landscape. SIR will enable organisations to fulfil their Duty of Care obligations to protect people, operations, shareholder value and long-term brand and reputation.

A marauding terrorist firearms attack occurs in a major European city, leading security forces to implement a regional ‘lock down’ and forcing businesses to cease trading… A manufacturers’ plan to shut down plant operations leads to violent worker activism… A consulting firm bidding on an infrastructure project discovers a bribe has been demanded… All of these scenarios are real threats facing organisations in today’s rapidly evolving and increasingly complex risk environment.

The SIR policy indemnifies against a broad range of perils including criminal risks, political risks, terrorism and political violence risks, information risks and kidnap, detention and extortion risks. It equips organisations with the best available incident response, crisis management, strategic advice and recovery.

The solution has been devised thanks to Hiscox’s exclusive partnership with leading global risk consultancy Control Risks, the latter harbouring over 40 years’ experience in the field.

This policy covers all of Control Risks’ activities to help clients manage an incident, including the deployment of response consultants and appropriate technical experts, post-incident reporting and remediation to ensure a smooth transition back to business as usual.

Charlie Hanbury, director at Hiscox Special Risks, observed: “There’s growing demand among clients and brokers for a comprehensive corporate security insurance offering that’s beyond what has traditionally been available. We’re very pleased to bring this product to the market. Not only does our SIR policy remove the financial volatility associated with engaging security consultants, but it also acts as a virtual Security Department to respond to complex security-related issues worldwide, in turn giving clients total peace of mind.”

Richard Fenning, CEO at Control Risks, added: “Today, as never before, businesses face a multitude of complexities and increasing strategic uncertainty. The reality is that risk is everywhere. The distinction between safe home markets and dangerous foreign ones has become marginal as risks increasingly come home through political, regulatory, cyber and terrorism threats. Recognising this, we’re delighted to be extending our relationship with Hiscox, drawing upon our own experience and global expertise to provide crisis support for organisations across this broad range of potential threats.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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