According to an AP article (here), ransomware claims have increased 400% in the last year and now account for 40% of all Cyber Risk Insurance claims. An Insurance Journal article (here) includes a comment from Joshua Motta, co-founder and chief executive officer of insurer Coalition: “The ways of the past no longer work into the future, but never has this coverage been needed more.”
What can we expect in the future? Continued rate increases and tightening underwriting, for sure, but some level of competition as well. The impacts will likely be nuanced as companies continue to improve their cyber security and insurers step up risk assessments.
- Increasing demand: Demand for standalone Cyber Risk Insurance increased 24% YOY, and will continue.
- Increasing rates: Pricing increased dramatically YOY, 35% (here) or 29% (here), depending on who is reporting, and will continue.
- Tightened underwriting: Most insurers have tightened underwriting, including one insurer moving to focus on small business.
- Reduced coverage: Insurers are moving quickly to limit coverage for certain types of claims, such as removing any coverage for ransomware extortion payments or limiting coverage for the cyber theft of funds.
- Risk mitigation: Underwriters are expecting insureds to improve their cyber security, and taking steps to ensure that security is actually effective through more thorough underwriting and third party risk assessments.
- Rate of change: Cyber exposures change quickly, and underwriters will move quickly as well in order to keep up with the most recent threats.
What can an SMB do to maintain comprehensive Cyber Risk Insurance coverage at affordable pricing? A few suggestions:
Invest in cyber security: Implement strong cyber security measures, including regular backups, employee training, penetration testing, and timely patching (here).
Insurance: Not only is Cyber Risk Insurance an essential part of your cyber security plan, a comprehensive standalone policy is a better option than add-on coverage in order to get the best available protection (here).
Third party assessments: Some underwriters package valuable risk management tools with their Cyber Risk Insurance coverage. Use these tools to supplement your own cyber security protections.
Use an expert: Work with a Cyber Risk Insurance expert that can thoroughly access markets and provide guidance on coverage and cost tradeoffs.
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