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When it comes to managing cyber risk, we are all still relatively new at the game… including the companies you count on to pay your cyber claims.
As the frequency, severity, breadth and depth of cyber-attacks and data-breach incidents continues to rise, the insurance industry is being warned to watch what it promises to clients.
In a report titled “Insurance 2020 & beyond: Reaping the dividends of cyber resilience,” a team of consultants at PwC evaluated why is there so much skepticism over cyber insurance among insurers.
Their answers can be boiled down to these reasons:
- Cyber risk isn’t like any other risk they have ever had to underwrite
- There is limited available data on the scale and financial impact of attacks
- The difficulties are heightened by the speed with which the threats are evolving and proliferating
Of course, the PwC team’s primary concern is to help their clients – insurance companies – take profitable advantage of a rapidly growing insurance market. But in doing so, they warned them against:
- Staying on the sidelines too long and missing an opportunity estimated to reach $7.5 billion in paid premiums by the end of 2020
- Jumping in and amassing excessive concentrations of cyber risk without taking into account their ability to withstand a fast sequence of high loss events
- Ignoring the considerable cyber exposures that already exist within their technology, errors & omissions, general liability, and other more traditional business lines
So, what does this mean to rural and community hospital decision makers and their boards?
Overall, what it means is your cyber insurance may not always do what you think it should. Like the insurance carriers, the more you are aware that cyber risk is far more fluid, volatile and complex than traditional forms of risk, the better off you will be.
The PwC team offers eight ways for insurers, reinsurers and brokers to make cyber insurance more sustainable while enjoying profitable growth. In the spirit of one of our greatest passions, helping our clients beat big insurance at their own game, let’s explore the implications of their recommendations for you and your hospital.
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Where to from here?
For hospital leaders and their boards, the starting point (if you haven’t already taken it) is to take the lead in evaluating and tackling cyber risk within your hospital. I believe the soundest advice is to create a multi-disciplinary cyber risk management team, rather than simply seeing it as a matter for IT or compliance.
If you wish to discuss any of the ideas and strategies discussed in this article, please contact us.
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