Head of Placement, Asia Pacific
2021 was a tumultuous period in the cyber risk landscape, with the impacts of expanded threats, security challenges, and widespread changes to the way businesses operate. Investments in technology were tested during 2020 and 2021 when the global pandemic required businesses to re-evaluate the way they worked, from moving large portions of employees to remote work settings, to adapting different processes to adhere to new restrictions and government guidelines.
Ransomware continued to be a significant concern for companies, flowing on to impact the cyber insurance market in a significant way. Based on data from the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), Australia experienced a 15% increase in the number of ransomware attacks from October 2020 to October 2021.
The publication of the 2020 Australian Cyber Security Strategy signaled an increasing focus by the Australian Government on cyber risk. And in 2021 the Government announced its Ransomware Action Plan outlining a series of objectives to address cyber risk and crime across three distinct categories. Perhaps the most notable of the Government’s signaled legislative reforms is the mandatory ransomware incident reporting scheme, explained in more detail in our Report below.
As the threats emanating from cyber security risk grow, a significant challenge is facing company boards who are under pressure to be held accountable for failures to protect information assets and business operations from cyber security failures. Cyber risk moves quickly. There will be increasing expectations of company leaders to maintain a high level of responsibility for cyber risk issues and to have full oversight over its management.
A snapshot of Marsh cyber claims for the first half of 2021 showed that there was nearly a 50% increase in the number of cyber claims compared to the same time period in the previous year.
Cyber insurance remains a very effective and cost advantageous transfer of this key risk.
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