CFC Underwriting says 'fear factor' driving step up in demand for cyber-insurance

News by Roi Perez

According to findings from a survey of attendees at the 2016 London Cyber Symposium, recent high-profile security breaches have prompted a big jump in demand for cyber-insurance.

CFC Underwriting, a specialist provider of cyber-insurance, has released findings from a survey conducted at the 2016 Cyber-Symposium in London. The survey acts as a barometer of current attitudes towards the UK cyber-insurance market.

Announced in a press release, CFC claim that cyber-insurance is the fastest growing line of insurance in the world – the total written premium globally to date is an estimated at $2.5 billion, and Allianz estimates it will reach $20 billion by 2025.

When asked about the growth of the UK cyber-market, survey respondents agreed, with over 40 percent noting that their cyber-book had grown by over 50 percent in the last twelve months.

Discussing drivers behind this growth, a quarter of firms (23 percent) said that the “fear factor” of an impending and costly attack played a significant part, predicting it as the top driver for the demand for cyber-insurance in 2017.

CFC revealed that cyber-claims amongst their customers had also increased by 78 percent from 2015 to 2016. With high-profile cyber-attacks at an all-time high in 2016, UK companies have become increasingly aware of the need to manage the risk to their intangible assets.

Respondents also cited the incoming GDPR regulation, which will impose heavy fines on firms who fail to safeguard data appropriately in 2018, as another element likely to drive up the demand for cyber-insurance next year.

Electronic computer crime was cited as the area of cover that was most likely to lead to an increase in cyber insurance claims in the UK (53 percent), with non-physical business interruption coming in second (25 percent).

Inga Beale, CEO of Lloyd's of London, who spoke at the Symposium said: “There is a huge exposure out there for businesses and there is still a certain complacency amongst them that they have it under control. At Lloyd's we are seeing huge cyber-insurance uptake, and last year we introduced 15 different types of cover just for cyber, in anticipation of this demand rising in 2017.”

Graeme Newman, chief innovation officer at CFC Underwriting said: “Cyber-crime is the fastest growing form of crime in the world, which means that for UK firms, it is not a case of ‘if' you'll experience a loss, but ‘when'. As the nature of crime changes, so too must insurance policies. The value of intangible assets now generally outstrips the value of tangible assets on corporate balance sheets. As the world becomes increasingly connected, insurers need to design future-proof policies.”

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