Cyber insurance premium costs rise 5 percent for 2019, despite increased attacks

The average cost for cyber insurance rose about five percent in 2019 despite the large increase in the number of attacks and claims files, a new report has found.

The business insurance advisory firm AdvisorSmith told SC Media this counter intuitive result is due to the fact that while claims rose 20 percent in 2018 from 2017, the last year from which data is available, the severity of loss on each claim declined by about 11 percent negating the need for a massive surge in premium prices.

“Also, the ransomware attacks that have been in the news a
lot recently are often subject to sublimits, which limits the insurance
company’s losses. For example, on a $1,000,000 policy, the ransomware sublimit
might be as low as $25,000. Insurance companies are getting better at
underwriting cyber risk as they gain more experience in the sector, and
companies are also strengthening their cyber defenses to counter the rise in
cyberattacks,” said Adrian Mak, CEO of AdvisorSmith.

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