42% of US risk managers plan to increase their level of cyber insurance or purchase cyber insurance for the first time

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3 June 2014 | Corporate

77% of large to mid-size U.S. companies will have cyber insurance in the next year, finds Munich Re survey

Forty-two percent of risk managers in the U.S. plan to increase their level of cyber insurance or purchase cyber insurance for the first time in the coming year, according to a survey by Munich Re, one of the world’s leading reinsurers. Likewise, 77 percent of companies intend to have some level of cyber insurance coverage in place in the next 12 months. The survey of risk managers was conducted at the Annual Conference of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), held April 27-30 in Denver.

Among the more than 100 risk managers surveyed, the vast majority (82 percent) feel there are suitable and adequate cyber insurance policies available to meet their needs. Of the 23% that do not plan to purchase cyber insurance, five out of six feel that current insurance offerings do not meet their needs or would not be relevant for their business.

“Risk managers recognize that there is an increasing possibility that their company will experience a breach or loss of data, regardless of the steps they take to secure this data,” said Gerry Finley, Senior Vice President, Casualty Underwriting, Underwriting Services, Munich Re America.  “They understand  that having financial protection is an important component of managing this increasing risk.”  

Prevention is Key
As companies look to manage their cyber risk exposure, 42 percent of risk professionals state that conducting regular network penetration tests or security audits is the best way to mitigate risk.  Additional risk mitigation tactics include:

  • Hiring trained security personnel to handle the cyber exposure (15 percent)
  • Conducting automated/centralized security patch updates (15 percent)
  • Outsourcing IT applications and data warehousing (12 percent)
  • Ensuring acceptable use of policies and procedures (9 percent)
  • Purchasing insurance (7 percent)


“For businesses, it’s far easier and less expensive to prevent a cyber-related loss than to recover from one,” said Eric Cernak, Vice President of Hartford Steam Boiler, a subsidiary of Munich Re which works with companies to address data risks. “Regular network penetration tests along with automated security patches should be a key component of a company’s risk mitigation plan.  These actions greatly reduce the probability of incurring loss due to a cyber incident.”  

Moving to the Cloud
Forty-three percent of risk managers are reluctant to use or increase their use of cloud software because of data security risks. Among those individuals, hacking was a top concern when it comes to putting data in the cloud (29 percent), followed by theft of data (25 percent), loss of control over data (22 percent), loss of data (13 percent) and loss of access to data (11 percent).  

“We were surprised that the number of risk managers reluctant to use or increase their use of the cloud computing was not higher,” Tim Zeilman, vice president of Hartford Steam Boiler, said.  “This seems to indicate that large and mid-sized companies are becoming more comfortable with cloud solutions.”

The complete survey results are included at the end of this document.

Methodology
The study was conducted on-site at the Risk and Insurance Management Society Conference (RIMS) in Denver, Colorado from April 27 - 30, 2014, and is intended to represent the sentiments of 100 risk manager attendees who participated in in-person interviews, primarily from large and mid-size companies.


About Munich Re
Munich Re stands for exceptional solution-based expertise, consistent risk management, financial stability and client proximity. This is how Munich Re creates value for clients, shareholders and staff. In the financial year 2013, the Group – which combines primary insurance and reinsurance under one roof – achieved a profit of €3.3bn on premium income of over €51bn. It operates in all lines of insurance, with almost 45,000 employees throughout the world. With premium income of around €28bn from reinsurance alone, it is one of the world’s leading reinsurers. Especially when clients require solutions for complex risks, Munich Re is a much sought-after risk carrier. Its primary insurance operations are concentrated mainly in the ERGO Insurance Group, one of the major insurance groups in Germany and Europe. ERGO is represented in over 30 countries worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of insurances, provision products and services. In 2013, ERGO posted premium income of €18bn. In international healthcare business, Munich Re pools its insurance and reinsurance operations, as well as related services, under the Munich Health brand. Munich Re’s global investments amounting to €209bn are managed by MEAG, which also makes its competence available to private and institutional investors outside the Group.

About Hartford Steam Boiler
Hartford Steam Boiler, a member of Munich Re’s Risk Solutions family since 2009, provides a range of specialty insurance coverages for business, home and farm. One of the world’s leading equipment breakdown insurers, HSB helps clients reduce risk through a unique combination of specialty coverages, engineering-based risk management strategies and loss reduction services. A.M. Best Company awarded the HSB Group of companies its highest financial rating, A++ (Superior).

Disclaimer
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on current assumptions and forecasts of the management of Munich Re. Known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the forward-looking statements given here and the actual development, in particular the results, financial situation and performance of our Company. The Company assumes no liability to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.


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