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Global Cyber Insurance Market to Grow by 21% Year-on-Year, Hitting $9.5bn Value in 2021

According to data presented by Finaria.it, the global cyber insurance market is expected to grow by 21% year-over-year and reach a $9.5bn value in 2021. Over the years, cyber-attacks and data breaches became one of the biggest risks in the business sector, compromising sensitive data, and causing a massive financial hit to companies and organisations worldwide. As data applications and technology in the business sector increase, organisations are becoming more vulnerable to these attacks and more aware of the need for insurance coverage for cyber risks.

If a costly data breach occurs, the company may not have enough resources to resolve these issues and cover the losses. Cybersecurity insurance can provide support to businesses, so cyber attacks don’t cripple their business.

These insurance products help companies and organisations hedge against the potentially devastating effects of ransomware, malware, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, or any other cyber-attack used to compromise a network and sensitive data.

The Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2019 showed 41% of firms from Europe and the United States reported that they have already adopted cyber insurance. Another 30% of them were planning to adopt cyber insurance in 2020.

The growing number of companies taking precautionary measures against cyberattacks led to the impressive growth of the entire sector. In 2020, the global cyber insurance market is expected to hit $7.8bn value, revealed the MarketsandMarkets report. Over the next three years, this figure is forecast to jump by 78% to $13.9bn. Statistics show that by 2025, the cyber insurance market is set to reach $20.4bn value.

The Willis Towers Watson Cyber claims analysis report revealed almost one-quarter of all cyber insurance claims between 2013 and 2019 were in the healthcare sector. The IT and telecommunications market ranked second with more than 10% of all cyber insurance claims in this period. Insurance, retail and wholesale, and manufacturing sectors rounded out the top five, with 9.9%, 9.2%, and 7.1% share, respectively.

Statistics also show that almost 75% of cyber insurance claims in this period involved an insuring clause related to breach incident response and crisis management. Data privacy breaches represented the second-most common insuring clause, followed by cyber extortion.

Of the industries most affected by cyber insurance losses, the share of loss events caused by malicious data breaches was highest in the insurance sector, 39%. The retail and wholesale industry had 30% of such losses between 2013 and 2019. IT and telecommunications industry, manufacturing sector, and the healthcare market followed with 24%, 22%, and 18% share, respectively.

The 2020 Trustwave Global Security Report revealed the Asia Pacific represents the most-targeted region of malicious data breaches. In 2019, 37% of all cyberattacks occurred in this region. North America ranked second with 33% of all cyber incidents last year. Europe, the Middle East, and Africa follow, with a 25% share.

The Ponemon Institute’s Cost of a Data Breach Report 2020 showed that the healthcare industry tops the list of the most expensive data breaches with a $7.13 million average data breach cost, 84% more than the global average. Besides leading in the average cost of a data breach, the healthcare industry also had the highest average time to identify a violation of 329 days.

The energy industry ranked second of the 17 sectors surveyed, with $6.39 million in average cost and 254 days to spot a breach. Financial services, pharma industry, and technology sector follow, with $5.85 million, $5.06 million, and $5.04 million in average data breach cost, respectively.

Analysed by geography, the United States leads among all surveyed countries with an average data breach cost of $8.64 million, a 5.5% increase in a year. Germany leads among European countries with an average data breach cost of $4.45 million in 2020, a 7% drop year-on-year, while companies usually need 160 days to identify a data breach.


  • Polly is a journalist, content creator and general opinion holder from North Wales. She has written for a number of publications, usually hovering around the topics of fintech, tech, lifestyle and body positivity.

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