Canadian Underwriter

CFC Takes on Cyber Crime with Major Upgrade of its Cyber Policy

June 12, 2013   by CFC Underwriting

CFC Underwriting

June 11th 2013: Specialist lines underwriting agency, CFC, has significantly enhanced its market leading cyber policy, CPM.  Based on over 13 years experience of insuring against cyber risks, the revamped policy includes crucial new coverage that truly reflects the changing landscape of cyber risk faced by companies in Canada.  

Unlike many policies that are simply a carbon copy of those sold in the US and focussed on privacy and data breach notification, CPM takes a bold step in embracing and tackling head on the issue of cyber crime faced by companies operating across different territories around the world including the “new” crimes of phishing scams, telephone hacking, identity theft, wire fraud and cyber extortion.

Graeme Newman, Director at CFC, explains, “There is a significant gap in the market for cyber cover that resonates with companies outside of the US and we sought to address that with our CPM redesign. In the US, purchasing a cyber policy is mainstream due to the class action culture and tough privacy and data breach legislation. But in Canada, other concerns such as business interruption, system damage and, in particular, cyber crime are top of the agenda.

He continues, “Cyber crime is now one of the fastest growing areas of crime in the world and worth almost as much as the drugs trade. Every year criminals are targeting companies of every size and in every market to the tune of almost $400bn.  Many insurers, however, have failed to embrace these differences and build policies that are appropriate for each individual territory.”

CPM is a fully combined modular policy that is tailored to the individual needs of companies operating in every single territory across the world.  Features of the policy include comprehensive cyber crime cover, both first and third party privacy breach notification costs, and innovative business interruption cover which not only covers lost revenue during system downtime but also the loss of future revenue due to consequential reputational harm. And unlike many cyber policies, CPM does not impose a retroactive date meaning that there is no restriction on when an event which gave rise to a claim occurred. Premiums start from as little as $150.

To support the launch of CPM in Canada, CFC will be hosting a seminar in Toronto on June 26th, 2013.  CFC’s specialist cyber underwriters Simone Palmiero and Laurence Rossini along with director and leading cyber market commentator, Graeme Newman, will cover recent developments in the cyber market including in-depth case studies, the differences between policy forms on the market and what brokers should watch out for in the future.  For more information or to register for this event please go to

  • -ends-


  • For more information please contact:

  • Lesley Russell
  • Mob: +44 (0)7815 778038                                                             
  • Email:                                      

  • Kelly Prior
  • Mob: +44 (0)7730 572878
  • Email: 


  • About CFC

  • CFC Underwriting is an award winning Lloyd’s MGA specialising in developing and distributing cutting edge insurance products for specific niche markets.

  • Based in London, CFC has clients in over 60 countries around the world and is backed by over 20 Lloyd’s Syndicates.

  • CFC was named Underwriter of the Year at the 2010 British Insurance Awards, Underwriting Team of the Year at the 2011 London Market Awards, MGA of the Year at the 2012 Insurance Times Awards and won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2013.


Print this page