Continued Attacks to Drive Cyber Insurance Market by 2020

July 31, 2015

Risks to drive U.S. $10 billion cyber insurance market by 2020, according to ABI Research.

Continued and sustained cyberattacks are having a ruinous effect on enterprises and driving up the cost of incident response. With over 900 million reported records exposed in 2014, more companies are seriously starting to consider transferring risks to insurance providers. Despite growing awareness of vulnerability to breaches and risk management strategies however, less than 20 percent of large enterprises avail themselves of cyber insurance. For small- and medium-sized enterprises, the percentage is even lower, at less than 6 percent, the research firm said.

The largest barrier to growth is lack of actuarial data about cyberattacks, but this is quickly changing with continued cyber assaults. Currently, insurers are finding it difficult to assign the proper value to data or systems, or to determine appropriate policies since they are unable to scope the cyber risk environment of an organization.

“More information sharing, and understanding of event impact and the associated longer-term costs (through post-incident analytics, for example) can help remove some of these obstacles. In turn this will drive better policy rates and see the cyber insurance market progressively emerge from its niche, despite being around for over 30 years,” says Michela Menting, research director.

While still a fraction of the total global insurance market, the 36.6 percent CAGR is highly dynamic. The primary driver for this dynamism is the escalating costs associated with cyber breaches and attacks, pushing risk management strategies to increasingly transfer risks to providers.

The Cyber Risk, Liability and Insurance report looks at cyber risks and how they can be managed; the attribution of liability for cyber breaches and attacks; and the growth of a specific cyber insurance market. It is published within the Cybersecurity Technologies ( and Cybersecurity Strategies for Critical Infrastructure ( Market Research. Insurance providers reviewed include ACE, AIG, AGCS, AXA Group, Liberty International Underwriters, Lloyds of London, Marsh & McLennan, Scottsdale Insurance Company, and Zurich North America.

Source: ABI Research

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