Cyber insurance to become a business essential: ABI

Published: Thursday, 07 May 2015 08:11

Cyber insurance should become as common a purchase for UK businesses as property insurance within the next 10 years, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

Speaking at the ABI’s conference on cyber insurance, Huw Evans, director general at the ABI, said:

"Cyber risk is growing rapidly. At the moment, despite more than 80 percent of large businesses suffering a cyber security breach in a 12 month period, only around 10 per cent have any form of cyber insurance.

"Online breaches can cost millions, and would threaten the viability of many businesses, so the stakes are high. Cyber insurance is an increasingly important way for businesses of all sizes to manage this threat.

"The UK insurance industry is already providing cover for cyber risk to customers around the world. More British firms are now taking advantage of this expertise and by 2025 this type of cover will be seen as an essential business purchase.”

The ABI says that the five key reasons cyber policies are becoming a business essential are: