5 innovative cyber insurance products for SMEs

SME Banking
15/09/2022 article
Leandro Seligmann Qorus Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

As digital risks evolve, so must insurance offerings.

Although SMEs were historically off cyber criminals’ radars, that has dramatically changed over the course of recent years. As organizations with 500 or fewer employees are expected to expand their market size to over $50b in the next five years, the levels of hacker scrutiny to which they are subject have likewise escalated. A Verizon report on data breach investigations has found that 61% of all SMEs reported at least one cyber-attack during the previous year.

As over two-thirds of SMEs have their own active website, a number of them are being attacked at least a few times every day. The Federation of Small Businesses found that there are 10,000 attacks each day on small businesses in the UK, which costs these businesses an estimated £4.5 billion yearly. Over the last three years, American insurer Coalition has seen a 57% uptick in claims targeting SMEs.  

The British government estimates that 80% of attacks could be prevented with simple measures – yet the majority of SMEs, schools and small charities are often left behind when it comes to cybersecurity. They struggle to protect themselves adequately against the key threats facing their organizations due to a variety of reasons – being considered too small by the typical consultant, unable to afford expensive tools or hire security experts to help them bolster their security defenses, etc.

In light of this unfavorable paradigm, several insurers have developed cyber insurance coverage that specifically caters to the needs of SMEs:

Coalition’s Active Cyber insurance

Coalition’s solutions are purpose-built with SMEs in mind, aiming to empower businesses with limited IT resources to access the cyber protections they need. Unlike legacy insurance and insurtech companies, Coalition’s Active Risk Platform aggregates and analyzes near real-time data from every internet-addressable device inside a company, scanning a policyholder’s assets from the inside out to identify potential vulnerabilities. 

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