OK, yes, we missed this one earlier in December, so we thought let’s get it posted now as many MS users need cyber protection from those entertaining emails alerting you that your Apple ID has been hacked, or your Amazon Prime subscription needs renewing.
AXA XL, the P&C and Specialty Risk Division of global insurer AXA, Slice Labs Inc. (Slice), the leader of on-demand insurance cloud technology, and Microsoft will work together to help improve cyber health and mitigate risks for Microsoft 365 Business, Office 365 Business Premium and Office 365 Business customers. The new relationship will give qualifying customers discounted access to Slice on-demand, cloud-based cyber insurance provided by AXA XL.
Microsoft customers will benefit from a holistic end-to-end solution that won’t just help them secure their environment but will give them the critical services and support they need for incident response and remediation in the event of a successful cyber-attack. These services are all part of AXA XL’s cyber insurance policy, which will be offered at discounted pricing to qualified customers who represent a lower insurance risk based on a security posture assessment that will be provided by Microsoft Secure Score.
Recent Forrester survey results found that cybersecurity attacks are a business reality for small and mid-size businesses (SMBs), with nearly half having had a breach within the last year. What was more concerning was that 27% of SMBs were unaware if they’ve had a breach. One primary issue is that 58% of the SMBs struggle to maintain basic cybersecurity hygiene.
“This new level of integration with Microsoft and Slice Labs reinforces the fact that insurance is no longer an after the fact product that companies should use as a band-aid when an incident occurs,” said John Coletti, Chief Underwriting Officer, AXA XL’s cyber insurance team in North America. “We’re excited to bring a solution to market that only large enterprises have procured in the past to SMB’s who need it just as badly.”
“Today’s announcement is continued validation that our foresight as the pioneer of on-demand, cloud-based insurance that protects digital ecosystems aligns with today’s B2B, B2B2C, and B2C appetites for more intelligent and flexible insurance protection,” said Tim Attia, CEO and Co-founder of Slice. “Thanks to the cloud, insurance has changed and is now a must-have asset in order for businesses in any market to ensure they profitability achieve their goals.”
“Slice Labs and AXA XL share our vision to improve cyber health so that businesses can confidently achieve their goals without the fears of being paralyzed by cyber criminals,” said Tara Knapp, Senior Business Development & Strategy Manager of Microsoft Security & Compliance. “Cyber insurance is a critical component for our customers. Now, Microsoft 365 Business and Office 365 Business customers who are able to demonstrate an elevated security posture can be rewarded with better insurance rates.”