Issues & Trends

Artificial Intelligence is Modernizing Regulatory Compliance

Jan 18, 2022 / by Robin Westcott posted in Community, Machine Learning/AI, Issues & Trends, Data & Technology, Tech News, Regulatory/Compliance, Legislation & Regulation, AAIS News & Views, AAIS Insights, Data/Tech

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Risks are continually evolving and emerging, requiring updates to insurance policies in order for carriers to keep pace with market need. Whether you’re a regulator or an underwriter, reviewing new policy language in a timely fashion can be a challenge, and can negatively impact speed-to-market.

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Ransomware – The Other Epidemic

Jan 13, 2022 / by Linda Jancik posted in Issues & Trends, Data & Technology, Tech News, Homeowners, New/Emerging Risks, P&C Insurers, AAIS News & Views, AAIS Insights, Data/Tech, Insurance Line of Business, cyber risk, cyber insurnace, ransomware

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Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid and can target both individuals and businesses. The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform shared that “in 2020, ransomware attacks on both public and private institutions in the U.S cost an estimated $19.5 billion. … in the first six months of 2021, financial institutions reported $590 million in ransomware-related transactions. Current trends indicate that ransomware transactions in 2021 alone will exceed the previous 10 years combined.”

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AAIS Product Advisory Councils…Member Engagement in Product Development

Jan 6, 2022 / by John Kadous posted in Community, Issues & Trends, Insurance Operations, P&C Insurers, AAIS News & Views, AAIS Insights, Insurance Line of Business

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As part of our commitment to delivering innovative, unique, and valuable products and solutions, we have established product councils to engage with Members and gather feedback to inform the strategic direction of AAIS programs. Currently, AAIS has Advisory Councils in the following areas: Auto, Farm, Agribusiness, Inland Marine/Commercial Output, Commercial Lines, Personal Lines and most recently Cannabis and Fire.

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Increasing the Value of Data

Jan 4, 2022 / by Ruturaj Waghmode posted in Community, Issues & Trends, Data & Technology, Data Management/Distributed Ledger, Tech News, AAIS News & Views, AAIS Insights, Data/Tech

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Everyone has probably heard the cliché “Data is an Asset.” But how do we break it down pragmatically into an actionable backlog and apply some “data-driven metrics” toward attributing and increasing the value of data.

It’s a fascinating and challenging paradigm – to increase the value of data. Like many other assets, the value is typically not intrinsic; it must be harnessed. It requires a process of extraction, enrichment, polishing, and packaging. Even then, the value realization is not obvious or guaranteed, until the consumer engages with it. Think of diamonds. They go through an extensive process from rock to finished product, and still only possess value once purchased by a consumer at a defined market rate.

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Busy NAIC Fall Meeting Brings Forth Key Themes for 2022

Dec 22, 2021 / by AAIS posted in Community, Issues & Trends, Data & Technology, Data Management/Distributed Ledger, Insurance News/Current Events, Industry Associations, Regulatory/Compliance, Legislation & Regulation

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The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) recently wrapped up its fall meeting in San Diego, Ca., where it celebrated its 150th Anniversary. It was a hybrid event with an estimated 1,200 people attending in person and another 1,800 virtually. AAIS Views caught up with our Manager Government Affairs and Compliance, Lori Dreaver Munn and AAIS VP of Memberships & Solutions Truman Esmond, who both attended in person to hear about some of the key themes and takeaways from the meeting.

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'Tis the Season for Community Involvement—and Advisory Councils

Dec 20, 2021 / by Matt Hinds-Aldrich posted in Insights, Issues & Trends, Data & Technology, Homeowners, New/Emerging Risks, Modeling/Predictive Analytics, AAIS News & Views, AAIS Insights, Modeling/Actuarial, Insurance Line of Business

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With the holidays and the end of the year upon us, it is the time to reflect upon the past year. And it is the time of year we tend to think about coming together, as a community, to share our experiences. In our case, I’m referring to AAIS’s product-focused advisory councils.

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AAIS’s Phil Skaggs Talks 2022 Cannabis Legal Expectations

Dec 15, 2021 / by AAIS posted in Community, Issues & Trends, Regulatory/Compliance, New/Emerging Risks, Cannabis, Commercial Lines, Legislation & Regulation, AAIS News & Views, AAIS Insights, Insurance Line of Business, Cannabis Insurance

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Recently, AAIS Assistant Counsel Phil Skaggs participated in a webinar hosted by LexisNexis as part of their Emerging Issues series entitled “What Cannabis Lawyers Should Know to Prepare for 2022.” To watch a recap of the webinar, click here.

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CT Commissioner / AAIS VP Talk openIDL, Blockchain, & Democratization of Data

Dec 13, 2021 / by AAIS posted in Community, Issues & Trends, Data & Technology, Data Management/Distributed Ledger, Insurance News/Current Events, Tech News, Regulatory/Compliance, Blockchain, Legislation & Regulation, Data/Tech

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Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Andrew Mais and AAIS VP of Government Affairs, Legal and Compliance, Robin Westcott, recently appeared on AM Best TV to discuss our successful openIDL Proof of Concept (POC) surrounding a COVID-19 Data Call, and how this revolutionary blockchain platform is paving the path for better regulatory reporting across the insurance industry. Watch the replay in full here:

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Open Source Benefits are Coming to Insurance

Dec 6, 2021 / by Joan Zerkovich posted in openIDL, Machine Learning/AI, Issues & Trends, Data & Technology, Data Management/Distributed Ledger, Robotics/Drones, Open Source, Tech News, IoT, Telematics, Modeling/Predictive Analytics, AAIS News & Views, AAIS Insights, Data/Tech

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In 2002, Amazon eliminated millions of dollars from its technology costs by switching to the Linux operating system, an open source technology platform from the Linux Foundation. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Amazon stated it was able to cut technology expenses by about 25%, from $71 million to $54 million, primarily through “migration to a Linux-based technology platform that utilizes a less-costly technology infrastructure, as well as general price reductions for data and telecommunication services due to market overcapacity[1]. Amazon continues its open source technology strategy today, as do thousands of other companies. Today, 96.3% of the world's top one million servers run on Linux[2].

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Update from The Farm…Farmowners Product Expanding

Nov 30, 2021 / by Hope King posted in Issues & Trends, Data & Technology, Robotics/Drones, Tech News, Farm & Ag, P&C Insurers, AAIS News & Views, AAIS Insights, Data/Tech, Insurance Line of Business

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The farm industry continues to transform. While smaller family farming operations maintain a strong presence and make up a large percentage of the market, we’re seeing growth of large commercial farms that include a variety of operations and layered revenue streams. It is an ultra-competitive market with each company searching for an edge over their competitors.

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