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July / August 2014 Vol. 16 / No. 6

Part of the conversation on cyber risk insurance

Cyber risk and liability insurance generates lots of questions but evidence of a growing market remains hard to find. Of the 1,000 commercial property and casualty insurers, about 30 offer "good" cyberinsurance, according to Mark Geisiger, president of NetDiligence, whom I interviewed for an article this month. Adoption numbers also remain steady, with many studies indicating that roughly one-third of the risk managers surveyed said their organizations have cyberinsurance policies. Far higher percentages of companies express interest in cyber risk and liability insurance products, especially after security incidents. Security officers have limited involvement in insurance decisions. "We haven't seen a whole lot of change from an adoption standpoint," said John Wheeler, research director for security and risk management at Gartner, "or any maturity in the products that insurers are developing." That's largely because the data breach loss information is very hard to obtain, according to Wheeler, and the insurers have limited ...

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