Cyber insurance market is stalling as risk rises

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Insurers are facing tighter margins and larger losses as they place a greater reliance on reinsurance. As risks rapidly rise, cyber insurance companies are watching their losses rise and their margins tighten. At the same time, insurers are placing a heavier reliance on reinsurance to mitigate their own risks. Though the coverage is becoming essential for businesses, it is dropping in appeal for insurers. For many businesses, cyber insurance is becoming harder to find. In fact, even compared to just one year ago, it’s more difficult to find affordable coverage.…

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Cybersecurity insurance popularity but some companies face denials

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There are a number of common reasons that are causing insurers to deny coverage to a business. While it has become clear to the majority of companies that cybersecurity insurance can provide vital protection against financial hardships caused by cybercriminals. As a result, demand for coverage has skyrocketed in recent years. Unfortunately, many interested companies have found themselves denied coverage. Despite increasing interest in cybersecurity insurance, the simultaneous rise in threats have forced insurers to be more hesitant to provide coverage. There are several common reasons that a business might…

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Cyber attack insurance claims increasingly involve CEOs as victims

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BOXX Insurance has found that C-level executives are easy “spear-phishing” targets. Cyber attack insurance company, BOXX Insurance, based in Toronto, Canada, has found that CEOs and other C-level executives are increasingly victims of spear-phishing scams. Credentials for execs at this level are sold as cheaply on the dark web as $250 per user. The cyber attack insurance provider has cautioned that executives are increasingly filing claims after having been targeted by fraudulent emails which appear to have come from a source they trust. The emails request confidential email, which is…

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Chubb CEO says cyber insurance rates are inadequate

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Evan Greenberg stated that the premiums currently paid are not reflecting the catastrophe risk. Despite the fact that cyber insurance rates have been rising, they are still not yet an accurate reflection of the potential catastrophic effects that a widespread cyberattack could have, said Evan Greenberg, CEO at Chubb Ltd. According to Greenberg, even thought the prices are rising, it’s still low when compared to the risk. “The pricing environment is pretty good,” explained Greenberg as quoted in a Claims Journal report. “But … that is not addressing by itself…

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School cyber insurance rates take off to new highs

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Vulnerability to ransomware attacks and virtual learning have presented some serious risks. Boards of education across the country are finding that they are suddenly facing school cyber insurance rates that are considerably higher than they had been in previous years. The recent rash of ransomware attacks across the United States have made schools costlier to cover. The result of the additional vulnerability and risk has been that premiums for school cyber insurance coverage have gone way up. This has been a difficult blow to many boards of education and independent…

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Cyber insurance companies could lose $90 million to SolarWinds hack

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Insurers will need to foot the bill for many costs such as incident response and forensic services. The SolarWinds hack is expected to cost cyber insurance companies about $90 million total for covering forensic services and incident response services for compromised clients. That said, many experts are saying that this expense could have been significantly higher. “Although the SolarWinds attack is a cyber catastrophe from a national security perspective, insurers may have narrowly avoided a catastrophic financial incident to their businesses,” said BitSight director of insurance programs and partnerships, Samit…

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Cyber insurance companies have faced substantial losses cutting into profitability

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Though this type of policy has become more popular, the risks and payouts have also risen. An increasing number of businesses have been contacting their local cyber insurance company to protect themselves against risks such as data breaches and hacks. That said, this market remains quite new and models are ever evolving. The risks have been rising in this area, placing a considerable amount of stress on this marketplace. According to one expert quoted by InsuranceBusinessMag, the cyber insurance company market is “under the most stress it’s been in recent…

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