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Cyber insurance and reinsurance news, covering the growth of cyber reinsurance underwriting, the risks faced, major loss events and cyber reinsurance product development trends.

Cyber risk is an emerging and fast-growing class of insurance and reinsurance business, so our cyber insurance news follows industry trends and reports on what is happening in the cyber underwriting market.

Capsicum Re launches Gh0st, a ransomware modelling solution

26th May 2020

Specialist reinsurance broker Capsicum Re has announced the launch of Gh0st, a dedicated ransomware modelling solution. The proprietary model is designed to help clients and markets quantify diverse and realistic ransomware scenarios and optimise their portfolios. Gh0st allows clients to input all their affirmative cyber policies and extract a picture of exposure ... Read the full article

Governments being hit by cyberattacks harder, more often: Deloitte

21st May 2020

Research from Deloitte has found governments are being held hostage by cyber attacks more frequently, with criminals expanding their attack base and asking for more money. Governments in 2019 reported 163 ransomware attacks and paid over $1.8 million in ransoms, with tens of millions of dollars spent on recovery costs. This ... Read the full article

Allianz names Catharina Richter as Head of Cyber Center of Competence

20th May 2020

Allianz Group has announced the appointment of Catharina Richter as Global Head of its Cyber Center of Competence (CoC), effective June 1st. Established in 2018, the Allianz Cyber CoC is embedded into Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) and focuses on coordination and alignment of cyber exposures and insurance in the ... Read the full article

Ascent Underwriting adds Moir as senior underwriter within W&I

20th May 2020

Cyber and specialty lines MGA Ascent Underwriting has announced the appointment of Richard Moir as senior underwriter, warranty and indemnity (W&I), effective immediately. Reporting to Alex Smith, head of W&I, Moir will support the development of the specialist niche line. He joins from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, where he served ... Read the full article

AmWINS launches umbrella program for silent cyber

15th May 2020

Specialty insurer AmWINS has announced the launch of a Cyber Umbrella Program designed to fill gaps in coverage resulting from silent cyber incidents. The program, called CyberUP, is focused on middle market accounts and offers lead umbrella position over primary coverages in all instances. “Until now, the insurance marketplace has only responded ... Read the full article

Cyber market to face COVID-19 challenges: Fitch

11th May 2020

Economic fallout caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will likely test recent premium revenue trends and claims experience in the US cyber insurance market, according to Fitch Ratings. Analysts noted that cyber insurance continues to be a small but profitable market, representing a modest portion of premium risk for individual p/c ... Read the full article

Ransomware continues to dominate cyber discussion: Aon

8th May 2020

Ransomware continues to dominate the cyber insurance discussion according to broker Aon, with total ransomware incidents up 135% last year and carriers steadily fielding more claims emanating from these attacks. Ransomware infections also continued to affect all industries, although sectors like healthcare, public administration, and education experienced the most reported incidents. But ... Read the full article

Willis Towers Watson launches new cyber cover for shipowners

1st May 2020

Re/insurance brokerage Willis Towers Watson has announced the launch of CyNav, a new type of cyber insurance cover designed specifically for shipowners. The new product aims to provide a solution that specifically addresses ship-operators’ needs, rather than trying to amend existing cyber products to fit marine exposures. Notably, CyNav includes crisis management ... Read the full article

Slice Labs & AXA XL extend cyber cover to Lenovo users

28th April 2020

Slice Labs has announced that its cloud-based cyber insurance for small to midsize businesses (SMB), provided by one of the affiliated insurance companies of AXA XL, will now be offered Lenovo SMB customers. Accessible through the Security Advisor suite of the Lenovo Vantage platform, users will be able to access information ... Read the full article

Cyber risk requires unique modelling approach: CyberCube report

28th April 2020

According to a new report from cyber analytics provider CyberCube, the evolution of natural catastrophe modelling since Hurricane Andrew in 1992 can act as a template for cyber modellers, but only up to a point. The company believes cyber’s lack of historical data and rapidly evolving nature means modellers need to ... Read the full article

Tokio Marine HCC partners with CyberScout on new offering

23rd April 2020

Tokio Marine HCC, a member of Tokio Marine Group, has partnered with CyberScout to provide cyber insurance, cyber education, identity management and resolution services to insurance carriers throughout the US. CyberScout provides identity theft resolution, data defense and employee benefits services, and serves approximately 17.5 million households worldwide. With this new offering, ... Read the full article

CyberCube accounts for new threat trends in risk model update

20th April 2020

Cyber risk analytics firm CyberCube has released an updated version of its cyber risk modelling platform, Portfolio Manager, that accounts for new trends in cyber threats. Since the model was first launched in 2018, CyberCube notes that there has been an increase in the reliance on the cloud across most industries, ... Read the full article

Ransomware attacks “skyrocket” in 2019: Beazley

2nd April 2020

Ransomware attacks continue to represent the top cyber security threat for businesses, as incidents “skyrocketed” across 2019, according to a report by Beazley. Beazley Breach Response (BBR) Services reported the number of ransomware attack notifications against clients increased by 131% compared to 2018. With the growth in frequency, the sums demanded by ... Read the full article

Beazley appoints first breach response services manager in Canada

1st April 2020

Specialist insurer Beazley has announced the appointment of Priya Kunthasami as its first breach response services manager in Canada. Kunthasami will be based in Toronto and will oversee the management of breach incidents reported to Beazley’s Canadian policyholders. She will also provide oversight and management of the country’s vendors and work with ... Read the full article

Marriott announces second cyber breach, 5.2mn guests affected

1st April 2020

The Marriott hotel chain has again fallen victim to cyber criminals in an attack which may have compromised the personal information of around 5.2 million guests. Marriott hit the headlines in late 2018 when hackers accessed its Starwood brand guest reservation database and compromised the personal information of around 500 ... Read the full article

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