Apple, Cisco, Aon, Allianz join hands to curb cyber risk

By Anuj Sharma - February 6, 2018
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The solution comprises of cyber resilience evaluation services from Aon, the most secure technology from Cisco and Apple, and options for enhanced cyber insurance coverage from Allianz. ....

Global tech giants Apple, Cisco, Aon and Allianz have joined hands to form a new cyber risk management solution for businesses to manage and protect themselves from cyber risk associated with ransomware and other malware-related threats.

The solution comprises of cyber resilience evaluation services from Aon, the most secure technology from Cisco and Apple, and options for enhanced cyber insurance coverage from Allianz.

The new solution covers the primary dimensions of cyber protection for businesses. The key elements of the offering include “Cyber Resilience Evaluation” wherein Aon cyber security professionals will assess interested customers’ cyber security posture and recommend ways to help improve their cyber security defences; Cyber Insurance: Allianz evaluated the Cisco and Apple technical foundation of the solution and determined that customers using Cisco Ransomware Defense, and/or qualified Apple products can be eligible for the Allianz-developed enhanced cyber insurance offering, acknowledging the superior level of security afforded to businesses by Cisco and Apple technology.

Lastly there is Cisco Ransomware Defense which is a part of Cisco’s integrated security portfolio that leverages industry leading threat intelligence from Cisco Talos to see threats once, and block them everywhere. The solution includes advanced email security, next-generation endpoint protection and cloud-delivered malicious internet site blocking, to strengthen an organisation’s defenses against malware, ransomware and other cyber threats.

The solution is offered on iOS ecosystem including Apple products such as iPhone, iPad and Mac.

“The tight integration of hardware, software and services on iOS devices ensures that each component of the system is trusted, from initial boot-up to installing third-party apps. Users benefit from always-on hardware encryption, as well as support for secure networking protocols like Transport Layer Security (TLS) and VPN out of the box,” Apple said in a statement.

There is also “Incident Response Services” wherein organisations will have access to Cisco and Aon’s Incident Response teams in the event of a malware attack.

“iPhone, iPad and Mac are the best tools for work, offering the world’s best user experience and the strongest security. We’re thrilled that insurance industry leaders recognise that Apple products provide superior cyber protection, and that we have the opportunity to help make enhanced cyber insurance more accessible to our customers,” " said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

 

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