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ITA Pro Weekly, March 26,2020

Robert Hartwig on COVID-19, working remotely and cyber risk, AI and big data fighting the virus, and more…

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With more than 20 years of expertise in the insurance and risk field, Robert Hartwig is uniquely positioned to address the issue of how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the industry. In this exclusive Electronic Chat with ITA, Hartwig shares his views on the state of the industry and how the ongoing crisis is impacting insurtech, investment, and the politics surrounding the issue.

“Global financial market volatility will likely slow most VC investment activity, including insurtech. Funding is becoming increasingly scarce even for high-quality credit risks and liquidity has dried up throughout the financial markets.”
 
The coronavirus quarantine is putting employees from all sorts of business to work at home, and in the process, exposing more companies to cyber risk. But many smaller businesses don’t understand how critical it is to have cyber insurance to help mitigate the risk, according to a new study by Celent of more than 400 small and midsized businesses.

“More than 60% of small business owners are not very familiar with cyber insurance coverage -- and many believe the exposure is covered in their standard insurance policy,” says Karlyn Carnahan, head of the Americas property casualty practice for Celent, and author of “Voice of the Cyber Insurance Buyer: Asking the Buyers Their Motivations, Product Needs and Experiences.

Working with a coalition of government, academic, and industry leaders, the White House this week released COVID-19 Open Research Data (CORD-19), a massive collection of 29,000 scholarly articles about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. By releasing the data, leaders hope scientific researchers will be able to accelerate development of treatment for COVID-19 using AI techniques.

“Decisive action from America’s science and technology enterprise is critical to prevent, detect, treat, and develop solutions to COVID-19,” the U.S. CTO, Michael Kratsios, said in the press release. “We thank each institution for voluntarily lending its expertise and innovation to this collaborative effort, and call on the United States research community to put artificial intelligence technologies to work in answering key scientific questions about the novel Coronavirus.”

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