WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Threat Sketch, a leading expert in cyber risk assessment, today announced a new white paper analyzing the cyber insurance market titled, "An Overview of the Cyber Insurance Market." This paper is the result of research into the field of cyber insurance and the role it plays in overall cyber security measures for small to medium businesses.
"At Threat Sketch, our priority is providing products and services to help small to medium businesses prevent and prepare for cyber attacks," said Rob Arnold, CEO of Threat Sketch. "Through our work we found serious gaps in awareness of the threat of cyber attack, but also in education on the types of services available to businesses. This white paper is the result of our ongoing research to help eliminate that gap and provide the education and services these businesses need."
In the paper, Threat Sketch reports first that regardless of how many cyber initiatives a company puts into place, the risk of cyber attack cannot be eliminated. In fact, cyber attacks continue to grow, with a 36 percent increase in ransomware attacks worldwide. In addition, many business insurance policies do not cover cyber attacks. While cyber insurance policies have been around for more than 20 years, fewer than 10 percent of U.S. businesses are thought to purchase these policies.
The white paper reports three primary reasons for the discrepancy between the need for cyber insurance policies and the businesses purchasing these policies. One is the lack of a reliable data model for insurance companies to appropriately price cyber insurance policies. The other two factors are a lack of education presented to insurance agents and consumers.
The white paper includes information on how to bridge this education gap, as well as a look at how cyber insurance is an integral part of a business's cyber security solutions. The Threat Sketch Risk Assessment, a high-level, strategic cyber risk assessment developed specifically for small to medium-sized businesses, can help close this gap. "During development of our risk assessment product, we ran into some of the same issues underwriters encounter, specifically the problem of sparse data sets that didn't fit traditional risk formulas," Arnold said. "Our experience in sourcing and interpreting this highly technical data can help insurance issuers better manage their underwriting activities."
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About Threat Sketch -- Founded in February 2015, in Winston-Salem, NC, Threat Sketch provides tools that enable small business owners and executives to evaluate and manage cyber security at a strategic level. The executive team brings decades of IT, risk analysis, financial/economic and project management experience and expertise to provide tailored, strategic counsel to a wide variety of small business clients. To learn more call 844-487-4757, or visit www.threatsketch.com.