Cyber insurance providers may face greater risk than natural disasters

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Data increasingly shows that the cost of a massive cyberattack can be more costly than a hurricane. It took a number of years for cyber insurance providers to be taken seriously. However, with the rising frequency and cost associated with high-profile and widespread attacks, that situation is changing. Insurance policies against hacking and data breaches are becoming the standard among large businesses. A recent PYMNTS report outlined the rising trend toward this type of coverage. Moreover, it pointed out that, moving forward, cyber insurance providers will face major risks. They…

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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 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 claims are made by 4 out of 10 companies

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A new survey has revealed that a very large percentage of businesses have filed against their policies. When it comes to business coverage, cyber insurance has been increasing quite rapidly in popularity as a results of the many high profile data breaches that have occurred over the last few years. Unfortunately, while coverage is more common, it’s also being used quite a bit by the companies that have it. While the idea behind buying a policy is usually to get it just in case, while hoping that it will never…

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Importance of cyber insurance made clearer after Ashley Madison hack

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The exceptionally high profile data breach has served as a kind of wake-up call for business execs. Following the massive data breach at Ashley Madison and several other high profile data breaches, businesses in Canada are starting to realize that there is greater potential value to cyber insurance than they may have previously realized. These companies are now purchasing these insurance policies to protect themselves against cyber attacks. Back in July, Ashley Madison found itself making news headlines around the world when hackers were able to smash their way into…

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Cyber insurance coverage is very costly for health insurance

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Following the record breaking data breaches that were suffered by several insurers, premiums are soaring. The large number of high profile data breaches that have been suffered by health insurers over the last year or so have made the cost of cyber insurance coverage skyrocket for those companies. This rise in rates has affected not only insurance companies but also retailers and banks. The reason is that those sectors have also been victims of data breaches and cyber insurance companies are seeing that it is becoming increasingly costly to cover…

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PwC report shows cyber insurance becoming $7.5 billion market in 5 years

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These predictions for the Indian market were revealed this week at the Monte Carlo Reinsurance Rendezvous. According to the figures that were released at the Monte Carlo Reinsurance Rendezvous, the market for cyber insurance could blossom to a hefty $7.5 billion in India as early as the end of 2020, if things continue as they have been. This forecast, along with several other insurance predictions, was released by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). PwC also stated that by the end of 2018, the cyber liability insurance market will have risen to $5 billion…

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Insurance losses could be as high as $70 billion in the US from one peril

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According to a report from Lloyds, if the power grid in the United States were to be attacked the cost would be massive. Lloyds of London has now released a new report that has shown that if the Northeast U.S. power grid were to fall victim to a cyber attack, the insurance losses would be tremendous and far-reaching. The economic losses that would occur from such an event could actually reach a trillion dollars. Beyond financial disruptions, there would also be issues with water supply and transportation. The insurance losses…

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Insurance companies scramble to find out if Chinese hack reached them

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The industry is attempting to determine if the hackers that breached government employee files also affected them. Cybersecurity experts are cautioning insurance companies that the same Chinese hackers that were behind the data breach of a minimum of four million government employee files may also have been responsible for similar data thefts at two health care giants: Premera and Anthem. The tremendous hack to the Office of Personnel Management was likely not the first large scale American hack for the group. There have been a series of different attacks that…

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AIG CEO says that cyber insurance has a “very small” capacity

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Peter D. Hancock recently spoke, saying that this coverage is lagging behind what other forms of protection offer. The chief executive officer of American International Group, Peter D. Hancock, has stated that when it comes to cyber insurance, the coverage has fallen behind the type of protection that is available through other types of policy. Hancock expressed his opinions about this coverage against cyberattacks while speaking at a recent event. While talking at New York University, Hancock expressed that “The largest coverage I’m aware of is for a bank that…

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