Cyber insurance policies will likely achieve a standard in the near future

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A CIFF speaker described the evolution of the market and the direction data breach coverage is taking. Despite the growing popularity of cyber insurance policies, there remains a lack of consistency from one company’s offerings to the next. That said, recent industry forecasts suggest this trend may soon change. The MSA Research Inc. CIFF panel discussion predicted a trend toward a more standard coverage. The Canadian Insurance Financial Forum (CIFF) from MSA Research Inc. panel discussion recently held in Toronto showed that cyber insurance policies are headed within a consistent…

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Kidnap insurance protects companies in the case of ransomware

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Businesses that have not purchased cyber insurance policies are looking to alternative coverage for WannaCry losses. Companies without cyber insurance are reportedly making claims through their ransom, extortion and kidnap insurance policies in the hopes of recouping losses from WannaCry and other ransomware. The issue is that cyber insurance can be costly and businesses operating outside the U.S. rarely buy it. Aside from the expense associated with cyber insurance, many companies don’t think to buy it as they don’t feel that they would be the target of this type of…

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Cyber insurance market growth is fast and healthy, says Swiss Re

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As worries over the impact of a hack, data breach or other similar risks, firms are insuring themselves. Swiss Re released a statement describing considerable growth trends in the cyber insurance market. The reinsurance firm pointed out that businesses are starting to see the importance of coverage in an environment where risks are skyrocketing. The Zurich-based giant it pointed out that the cyber risks are rapidly rising in their complexity and frequency. The Swiss Re Sigma report titled “Cyber: Getting to grips with a complex risk,” provided considerable insight on…

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Cyber insurance policies carried by a falling number of companies

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PricewaterhouseCoopers has recorded a sharp drop in the number of firms with coverage in the last year. According to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers survey, the number of companies in Great Britain with cyber insurance policies has plummeted. Firms have rapidly dropped the expensive coverage even as they boost their security budgets by as much as twice over. This has occurred at the same time that an array of high profile businesses experienced cyber attacks and data breaches. PwC explained that firms hesitate to invest in cyber insurance because the coverage appears…

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Cyber insurance confusion causes gaps in coverage

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This sector of the insurance industry is doing great business but policyholders may not know what they need. Businesses are very aware that they need protection against data breaches, but cyber insurance confusion is causing notable problems. Companies know they need coverage but don’t necessarily know precisely what that coverage should include. This is a very complex market, which makes it difficult to determine what coverage is needed. After all, the cyber insurance confusion doesn’t just start at buying a policy. Even assessing the damage following a major data breach…

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Cyber insurance is catching the attention of the federal government

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Subcommittee aims to address issues facing the cyber protection space Cyber security is beginning to gain the attention of the U.S. federal government. The House Homeland Security’s cyber security subcommittee has held a hearing concerning the challenges facing the cyber insurance space. A recent report predicted that this market would reach $7.5 billion in annual premiums by 2020, making it one of the fastest growing insurance segments in the world. The need for cyber protection, on the insurance level, is becoming more apparent, especially as digital attacks become more common.…

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American utilities are looking into cyber insurance following Ukraine grid attacks

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Following the December 23 attack on the Ukrainian grid, the U.S. is taking a closer look at protection. American utilities are currently looking into the types of cyber insurance that might be available to them, in order to protect themselves against what could potentially result in multi-billion dollar losses if an attack similar to the one that struck Ukraine on December 23 were to happen in the U.S. Last year, hackers caused power outages that left over 80,000 people in the country in the dark. The incident in Ukraine was…

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Cyber insurance gets a boost in Canada as CROs recognize its importance

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As data breaches become more commonplace and receive more media attention, companies are protecting themselves. While companies in Canada had been following the cyber insurance trends seen in many other countries, the insurance news headlines involving some massive data breaches including ransomware, threats and demands for payment. With these events becoming more visible and more common, companies are turning to insurance companies. The trend skyrocketed after the Canadian site Ashley Madison experienced a tremendous data breach that saw worldwide media coverage. To many businesses in the country, this made it…

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Cyber insurance market is surging

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Cyber attacks estimated to cost businesses as much as $500 billion a year in damages The cyber insurance market is poised to see massive growth in the coming years. Cyber crime has become a very profitable business, with companies that have been hit by data breaches and other attacks reporting major financial losses. According to a recent report from Cybersecurity Ventures, cyber attacks cost businesses an estimated $400 billion every year, though other estimations suggest that the damage is closer to $500 billion a year. Cyber insurance market set to…

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Cyber insurance continues to grow in importance

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Start-ups are beginning to see the greater importance of cyber protection Cyber insurance is becoming a very important priority for entrepreneurs, especially those invested in the digital market. Data is a major asset of many companies that operate online and this data can be associated with a wide range of information concerning customers or a business’ operations. For start-ups, protecting this data is becoming more important and cyber insurance is becoming an ideal way to mitigate the impact of malicious attacks that would steal this information. Data is a very…

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