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Cyber Insurance Declines Amid Rising Cybersecurity Threats

The cyber insurance market experienced significant price reductions, reflecting improved security practices and technologies businesses adopt.

by Ashish Khaitan July 1, 2024

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The need for cyber insurance has reduced drastically as businesses worldwide upgrade their defenses against rising cyber threats, according to a recent report by Howden.

Despite an uptick in ransomware attacks, premiums for cyber insurance have declined globally. This shift comes as businesses enhance their cybersecurity measures, mitigating potential losses from cyber incidents.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, cyber insurance premiums surged in 2021 and 2022 due to increased cybercrime activity. However, the latest annual report from Howden reveals a noteworthy decrease in premiums over the past year. The cyber insurance market experienced significant price reductions, reflecting improved security practices and technologies businesses adopt.

The Need for Cyber Insurance Declines

Sarah Neild, Head of UK Cyber Retail at Howden, emphasized the critical role of multifactor authentication (MFA) in safeguarding company data. “MFA is fundamental, akin to locking your door when leaving the house,” Neild remarked. She highlighted the multi-layered nature of cybersecurity, noting increased investments in IT security and employee training which have collectively bolstered resilience against cyber threats.

Despite the rising frequency of ransomware incidents, the report highlighted a drop in global ransomware attacks following geopolitical events. Nevertheless, recorded ransomware incidents spiked by 18% in the initial months of 2024 compared to the previous year. Ransomware typically involves encrypting data and demanding cryptocurrency payments in exchange for decryption keys.

Business interruption remains a significant cost post-attacks; however, businesses are mitigating these costs with robust backup systems, including cloud-based solutions, as outlined in the report.

Firms are Less Likely to Invest in Cyber Insurance

While the United States dominates the cyber insurance market, Europe is expected to witness accelerated growth in the coming years, driven by increasing awareness and adoption among businesses. Smaller firms, despite facing heightened cyber risks, are less likely to invest in cyber insurance due to limited awareness and perceived complexities.

Earlier in 2024, Howden introduced a new cyber insurance platform tailored for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This initiative aims to simplify the process of obtaining comprehensive cyber insurance coverage, crucial for protecting businesses from financial devastation following cyber incidents. The platform, designed for SMEs with revenues up to $250 million, offers streamlined access to up to $6 million in coverage, supported by leading global carriers.

Jean Bayon de La Tour, International Head of Cyber at Howden, highlighted the platform’s user-friendly interface and rapid quotation process, facilitated by open APIs. This approach ensures that SMEs receive high-quality cyber insurance without the traditional complexities associated with policy procurement. The platform also integrates advanced data analytics tools, including Cyberwrite, to empower businesses with actionable insights pre- and post-policy issuance.

Shay Simkin, Global Head of Cyber at Howden, emphasized the platform’s role in bridging the cyber insurance gap for SMEs, critical given the growing cyber threats faced by small businesses. Simkin stressed the platform’s comprehensive coverage terms, including breach response and enhanced policy wording, aimed at fortifying businesses against cyber threats.

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