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While the cyber market still has its challenges, there are currently greater signs of stability than at any point in the last 24 months. This positive trend has been driven by several key factors, including important lessons learned from what has become a mature, if not less volatile, marketplace.
Carriers have begun viewing cyber insurance through a broader, portfolio-wide lens. To attain profitability, rate increases have been stabilized through underwriting discipline, risk selection, and strict management of limits and scope of coverage.
The result has been an improvement in loss ratios and profitability for insurers, which has increased carrier appetite for risk.
While this does not mean returning to the soft market of three or so years ago, it has led to a “happy medium” in which there is less friction to bring in new buyers and retain business for carriers. We are seeing more stability and a moderating rate environment compared to 2021 and 2022.
Another important factor in rate stabilization is a steady improvement in controls such as multi-factor authentication. After multiple renewal cycles, more insureds have implemented proper cyber protection measures.
Insurers now have more historical data, which they use to understand systemic risks and apply accurate models against a company’s cyber maturity. Rather than modeling for what a scenario could do in the way of financial loss, the strategy has matured to limiting exposures by strategically managing capacity in the case of a systemic cyber event.
The current state of the cyber market can always be jolted by some new criminal attack. The next new malware or hack is always just around the corner, creating a relentless cycle of preparedness and reevaluation.
Fortunately, both insurers and insureds have cycled through this for several years. Specialty brokerages have developed a degree of sophistication that allows for comprehensive strategies, such as working with vendor partners to review, access and remediate network vulnerabilities to contain risk and improve portfolios.
There is no way to say for certain what future cyber disruptions could occur, and we are certainly not going back to the ultra-low price points of years past. However, in the near term, insureds can expect some more pricing consistency compared to their experience over the last two years.
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