State of Cyber ​​Risk Insurance Marketplace

State of Cyber ​​Risk Insurance Marketplace

The rise of ransom-based cyberattacks and associated payments has led to calls for tougher cyber laws in the past year, but the need for cyber insurance continues to grow. As the market continues to stabilize and grow to provide long-term risk solutions, how are insurers adapting to address risks and meet the needs of their policyholders?

Demand for cyber insurance is increasing, but uncertainty about pricing, coverage and exposure has increased. The continuation of this potential risk has led insurers to reassess their exposures using stricter guidelines written and funded. As the market continues to grow, how can you continue to meet the growing demands of customers?

Safety National Director of Cyber​​​​​​Underwriting, Jeremy Schumacher explains the risks that the cyber insurance market is facing and how insurance carriers are changing.

What caused the cyber accident insurance market?

This spread is still fresh with an ever-changing risk profile. Because of its infancy, there is less data than other issues, such as property and casualties or workers’ compensation. When the risk changed from third party loss of documents to the loss of the redemption of the first interest, it caused the company’s loss figures to rise from 35% in 2017 to 75% in 2020. potential risks. Although the latest data shows that corporate losses are starting to decrease, corporate risks are still high, and the required spread should continue to meet their needs.

Inflation and spreads have been insufficient for two main reasons, leading to rapid market volatility. First, there was a significant increase in the frequency of ransomware, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-market businesses. Actors shifted their focus from quality and size to quantity. Prior to this, organized crime groups often targeted large corporations over $1 billion. However, large organizations have improved their rescue tools and are able to reduce the impact of incidents, so the easiest way to make a profit has become small organizations – this has affected the profitability of the majority of the cyber insurance market.

In addition, the tightening of the cyber insurance market was also caused by the need to cover premiums. A major IT service provider’s vulnerability or loss from a vendor can affect hundreds or thousands of insureds in a carrier’s book. Cyber ​​carriers are embracing this transparency more than ever and need to start allocating dollars to reflect this. Although the loss ratio decreased and the market grew rapidly, institutional risk remains and has been very difficult in many cases. Transferring risk through a cyber insurance policy is a surefire way to protect an organization’s records and the value of its stakeholders.

How do insurers adapt to routine risks or zero-day vulnerabilities that can cause significant risk across the entire market?

Some insurance carriers have moved to exclude these risks from full coverage. From an online security perspective, we care about well-known security solutions, such as Log4j, Microsoft Exchange and Accellion. Although the organization can guarantee patches for these threats, protecting against the next unknown security flaw can be difficult. These companies are becoming more creative in building policies around these risks and meeting insurance needs. Some insurers are creating exclusionary language or asking certain questions before building coverage to avoid other uses. Currently, insurance carriers are working with different types of data sets to understand what financial experts can handle, which can help reduce the risk more effectively. By looking at the controls to prevent loss during the underwriting process, the carrier can help determine the company’s risk profile.

As the regulatory environment increases, how will the cyber insurance industry change?

Understanding regulatory transparency is part of the cyber picture where carriers win. The implementation of control in the cyber policy was one of the first steps to start, so carriers understand the right questions to ask and how much they can pay from a high-level perspective. The legal landscape continues to be unclear, and navigating the various state, federal and international laws can be difficult. Major data breaches, such as those involving Target and Home Depot, have led to increased government enforcement and protection of public information. For example, some of the privacy laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enacted in 2018 and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) enacted in 2020, were enacted to increase consumer protections in response to data breaches. events. Although Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), enacted in 2008, predates these laws, the privacy rights granted to individuals have resulted in several recent lawsuits stemming from the violation of this law. The regulatory environment is constantly changing, but the ability to comply with new regulations and understand the causes of loss makes this area easier for carriers to adapt to.

Courtesy of National Safety


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