About Steve Haase

Steve Haase, president of INSUREtrust, has over 30 years of experience in risk management and insurance and B.A. and M.S. degrees in risk management and insurance from Georgia State University. He also holds CPCU and ARM designations. He is a frequent speaker at industry events on e-business risk management. In 1997 he launched the first insurance product focused on “breach of security” exposures for companies doing business over the Internet. This initiative eventually became INSUREtrust LLC, a leading cyber liability wholesaler in Norcross, Ga.

U.S. Colleges Targeted by International Cyber Criminals

By |2018-10-09T11:24:50+00:00October 9th, 2018|Cyber Attack, Cyber Crime|

Two international hackers who targeted American universities have been recently convicted by a U.S. court for multiple counts of identity theft. The two hackers, Damilola Solomon Ibiwoye and Olaykinka Olaniya, were born in Nigeria but had since moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when they were captured by authorities and extradited back to the United States

Mobile Device Hacking: Vulnerability Begins When You Pick Up the Phone

By |2018-10-01T14:47:11+00:00October 1st, 2018|Cyber Risk|

For years now, we have known that hackers are constantly trying to gain access to our computers. As a result, companies and individuals have gone to great lengths to protect their systems with anti-virus and anti-malware programs, firewalls, VPNs, and many other tools. We have largely ignored, however, securing a smaller computer that we carry

INSUREtrust Welcomes Professional Lines Broker Amanda Lancaster

By |2018-10-02T10:21:47+00:00September 25th, 2018|Press Releases|

Norcross, GA (September 20, 2018) – Atlanta-based INSUREtrust is pleased to announce the addition of Amanda Lancaster as a Professional Lines Broker on the brokering team of Executive Vice President Christiaan Durdaller. Lancaster brings more than ten years of commercial insurance experience in Property & Casualty Insurance, with expertise in Professional Liability, Management Liability, Employment

Out of Business—Hackers Bankrupt Firm

By |2018-09-24T11:22:24+00:00September 18th, 2018|Cyber Attack, Cyber Crime|

Lately, there have been multiple horror stories about hacks and the drastic consequences associated with them.  Some companies have lost millions from the cyber-attacks.  Others have lost money in the long run by losing customer confidence following a data breach.  Still others, including hospitals, have had services shut down temporarily due to interruptions of service

Cyber Insurance: Do You Have The Right Coverage?

By |2018-08-29T11:18:40+00:00August 29th, 2018|Crime Insurance|

A recent court case could serve as a warning for companies as they try to determine how to insure against cyber losses.  National Bank of Blacksburg v. Everest National Insurance Co. involves two coordinated hacks from 2016 in which cyber criminals stole $2.4 million from the National Bank of Blacksburg in Virginia using targeted phishing email

Employees and Cybersecurity Risks—Why Negligence Is the Biggest Threat

By |2018-08-22T10:31:33+00:00August 22nd, 2018|Cyber Risk|

So much effort has been put into educating people about hackers, viruses, ransomware and other cybersecurity threats and a key component of the problem has been largely overlooked—employee negligence.  In fact, a recent report from IT security firm Shred-it has revealed the number one cause of data breaches is human error.  Usually, these data breaches

Hackers Go Local by Targeting Town Computers

By |2018-08-10T08:22:00+00:00August 10th, 2018|Cyber Attack|

For years now, hackers have been targeting businesses and corporations, causing disruptions to their trade and commerce.  But recently, there has been a spate of attacks targeting city municipalities and their computer systems. These hacks have hit major cities such as Atlanta as well as smaller towns like Rockport, Maine, and Augusta, Georgia.  Even when

It’s Back! WannaCry Returns to Plague Computer Networks

By |2018-07-31T11:06:31+00:00July 31st, 2018|Cyber Crime, Cyber Risk|

After more than a year of seeming to be dormant, a new twist on the WannaCry hack has emerged, mainly hitting computers in the United Kingdom.  The infection has already become such an issue that London’s Action Fraud unit has issued an alert about the resurgence. In just two days, the police unit received close

PCI Council Releases Updated Cloud Guidelines

By |2018-07-25T12:30:16+00:00July 25th, 2018|Recent News|

“The Cloud” is probably one of the most misunderstood aspects of online computing, but also one that has changed significantly as its use has expanded.  For example, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) recently issued updated language on payment cards and cloud computing services.  In 2013, when they issued Version 2 of