Most Insurers Mandate MFA, But Premiums Are Still Soaring

Most Insurers Mandate MFA, But Premiums Are Still Soaring

US cyber-insurers are increasing premiums and lowering coverage limits despite mandating stricter security controls as a pre-requisite for coverage, according to a new report.

The US Cyber Market Outlook from wholesale insurance broker Risk Placement Services warns that providers have been “battered” by higher-than-anticipated recent losses and are now generally charging much more for less coverage.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing frequency and severity of ransomware attacks put pressure on the US cyber liability market,” said RPS national cyber practice leader Steve Robinson.

“While this market dynamic developed quickly, within a matter of months, longstanding underwriting issues in this market, as well what had been a growing mismatch between exposures and underwriting, helped to create the current situation and the imbalance between coverage supply and demand.” 

Sectors hit hard over the past year, including education, government, healthcare, construction and manufacturing, have seen premiums increase by 300% or more at renewal time. This is even if corporate policyholders have the right set of security controls in place.

Such controls are becoming increasingly widespread, according to RPS. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is

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