Business interruption due to a breach is top cyber risk concern: report

Published: Thursday, 14 April 2016 08:00

Aon Global Risk Consulting has published its 2016 Captive Cyber Survey report, which finds that the costs of business interruption due to a breach is the top cyber risk concern for businesses across all industries.

As Aon’s first cyber captive survey, the findings offer a better understanding of organizations’ current attitude towards cyber threats, risk assessment, insurance purchasing trends and loss adjustment concerns and provides insight into current retail market trends, including captives and other risk financing solutions.

“Our findings indicate that there is a disparity between companies recognizing that cyber is one of the fastest growing and permeating risks, and actually understanding what their individual exposures and coverage needs are,” said Peter Mullen, chief executive officer of Aon Risk Solutions’ Aon Captive and Insurance Management practice, who spearheaded the report. “Captives are a great alternative risk transfer solution for bridging this gap while the industry’s approach to cyber risk management catches up to the evolving pace of technology.”

The survey findings indicate that 94 percent of companies would share risk with others in their industry as part of a captive facility writing cyber. What’s more, Aon experts anticipate alternative risk transfer options to become increasingly sought after as these solutions give companies some control over underwriting, coverage scope and claims adjustment, while providing an opportunity to share best practices, experience and data in a private setting.

Additional highlights of the report include:

“Given the evolving nature and complexity of cyber exposures, we found that the use of cyber risk assessments is surprisingly low,” said Kevin Kalinich, global practice leader for cyber/network risk at Aon Risk Solutions. “Conducting such an assessment is a useful tool for improving risk understanding and maturity as well as for helping organizations better prepare for potential business interruption during or after a breach.”

Aon recommends the following three steps to begin a cyber risk assessment:

1. Scenario analysis: benchmark the existing cyber risk profile and work with business stakeholders to prioritize cyber risk scenarios;

2. Financial modeling: leverage advanced financial simulation tools using deterministic modeling to quantify first and third party costs of select cyber scenarios. Consider performing an analysis on non-damage business interruption scenarios using forensic accounting capabilities;

3. Insurability risk review: test the adequacy of limits against the assessed cyber risk as well as review the optimization of the proposed insurance program.

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