5 January 2021
Phil Edmundson

Reflections on a fully “fledged” mission for a new year

The new year is time for reflection — and for businesses in high-growth mode, those reflections often come in the form of celebrating new employees and customers, gains in revenue, and products launched. And we’ll be doing plenty of that later — lots of people worked very hard to accomplish our goals here at Corvus.

But first, we wanted to dedicate time to reflect on the efforts made to further our mission, which is the core of who we are and what we do. That mission is to make the world a safer place by helping organizations mitigate or eliminate the impact of adverse events. 

Early in the journey of Corvus, we focused on making organizations safer by informing our policyholders about their risks, and wherever possible helping them to interpret and take action on that information. So by growing the number of policyholders we worked with, we were furthering our mission, and simultaneously ensuring that our business could get off the ground. 

With scale, though, comes new opportunities. In 2020 Corvus grew from being a still-small startup to a fully-fledged business — note the official definition of fledged, having wing feathers that are large enough for flight; able to fly and along the way we evolved how we approach our mission. 

Here are some of the ways we’ve furthered our mission last year, and one new way we will be continuing our efforts this year

Making policyholders safer

In 2020 we significantly expanded our work with policyholders and the offerings that come with our Smart Commercial Insurance policies. We formed a Risk & Response team dedicated to developing and implementing a full suite of service offerings to help policyholders reduce their risk and be better prepared for an incident. Those offerings now include hands-on walkthroughs of our IT security report, free phishing and security awareness tests and training, and much more. Since launching some of these services in May, the team has been conducting calls daily with policyholders who are eager to learn more about their risk profile and how to make themselves safer. With new services added in November, we’re excited to help many more policyholders in 2021. 

Another part of our approach is alerting policyholders to new risks. This year we expanded alerting for several critical cyber vulnerabilities, including open remote desktop protocol (RDP) ports — the most common vector for ransomware attacks. Addressing open RDP ports alone reduced ransomware claims among Corvus policyholders by 65%. Whether or not they ultimately bought a Corvus policy, we ensured each new organization with this risk had the information they needed to remedy it, and to our delight the vast majority were able to successfully take action based on the alert.  

Making healthcare providers safer

Corvus also put our technical capabilities to work outside of the normal flow of providing insurance policies. With health care providers under extraordinary strain in responding to COVID-19, they unfortunately became targets for ransomware by the most unscrupulous cybercriminals. We offered free IT security reports for any health care providers on the front lines. Thanks to the many brokers who enthusiastically helped to spread the word, we were able to provide dozens of reports for local clinics, physicians networks, and hospital systems.

Empowering Corvids 

As our nest grows at Corvus, we have taken steps to ensure that everyone who works at Corvus feels equally safe and welcome. This summer saw the creation of our first employee resource group, All Wings, which strives to better recognize, understand, and celebrate diversity within Corvus and in our communities, and works to develop a culture that makes every Corvid feel empowered to be their full and authentic self. In its first few months, All Wings formed groups to focus on making recommendations for hiring and employee practices, reaching out to the community for events and volunteer efforts, and providing education on a range of issues within the company. We also reinforced our hiring practices with new language that aims to ensure no candidate is discouraged from applying to Corvus because of who they are. 

New for 2021: Helping brokers make their communities safer

On the first of January we kicked off a new program: Safer World Donations. All quarter

Donation call out long we are donating to select charities on behalf of brokers working with Corvus. They can choose the charity they prefer — Global Wildlife Conservation, Per Scholas, or Boys and Girls Clubs of America — from our list in the CrowBar, our digital platform. Any new business they do with Corvus will be counted toward milestones upon which the donations will be made. We’re excited to bring another dimension to our mission, and especially for our partner brokers to be a key part of it. 

If you’re a broker who already works with Corvus and wants to participate, log in here. If you need to get set up, email flock@corvusinsurance.com

Cheers to a new year of carrying out our mission in bigger and bolder ways! 

Mike Karbassi

Mike Karbassi is Vice President and Head of Cyber Underwriting at Corvus. He specializes in Network Security, Privacy Liability, Technology E&O, Media Liability, and Miscellaneous Professional Liability. Karbassi has over a decade of experience in insurance and is a graduate of the Boston University Questrom School of Business.

Gerritt Graham

Gerritt is the Chief Commercial Officer at Corvus. He has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience, primarily focused on technology and data solutions for the financial services industry.

James McElhiney

James co-founded Corvus and is the company’s Chief Technology Officer. A 30+ year technology veteran, Jaimie most recently served as CTO of Iora Health and previously co-founded Gazelle.

Mike Lloyd

Mike Lloyd is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Corvus Insurance. Previously, Mike co-founded Poncho, a personal lines agency InsurTech startup, and was a venture investor at FJ Labs. Mike has an MBA from Harvard Business School and engineering degrees from Virginia Military Institute and MIT.

Phil Edmundson

Phil is the founder and CEO of Corvus. A 30+ year insurance veteran, Phil co-founded broker William Gallagher Associates (acquired by Arthur J Gallagher in 2015) and was an active leader in both the Worldwide Broker Network and Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers. Phil is the Managing Partner of Edmus Ventures where he invests in InsurTech companies including Verifly, Wellthie, Agentero, and Cover Wallet, and serves on the board of Cover Wallet.

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