Insurance Institute Releases Research Report On Cyber Risks

Toronto, ON (May 20, 2015) – The Insurance Institute of Canada released a new research report today that establishes a solid framework to help Canadian property and casualty insurance organizations discuss their own and their clients’ resilience against cyber risk.

Cyber Risks: Implications for the Insurance Industry in Canada uniquely assesses cyber risk from the perspective of Canada’s p&c insurance industry. It is the first in a series of Emerging Issues Research Reports by the Institute that will examine other emerging risks facing the Canadian p&c insurance industry.

“Cyber incidents are constantly in news headlines and insurance organizations now rank cyber security among the Top 3 issues facing Canada’s p&c insurance industry,” said Peter Hohman, MBA, FCIP, ICD.D, president and CEO of The Insurance Institute of Canada. “The Institute has an important role to play in conducting research for the benefit of the industry, and this seminal research report on cyber risk will provide a valuable foundation for the industry’s ongoing discussions about this critical issue.”

Paul Kovacs prepared the report on behalf of the Institute. He is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and president and CEO of the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC).

The Institute’s report surveys the most common forms of cyber-attacks, who the criminals are and what they are after, the type and scope of cyber losses, and why the losses are expected to get worse – including catastrophic scenarios in which criminals knock out the power grid via cyberspace.

Cyber Risks makes recommendations for Canadian p&c organizations to better protect themselves against cyber-attacks. Specifically, insurance organizations are encouraged to build a corporate culture of cyber security that includes actions to address technological threats and security training for employees.

The report also identifies a business opportunity for the industry, noting that global cyber insurance premiums are currently less than one half of one percent of the estimated cost of cyber-crime. To help insurance organizations better protect Canadians against cyber risk, the p&c industry should work with governments and other stakeholders to expand cyber coverage beyond breach and identity theft, the report recommends.

The full report is available at

The findings of Cyber Risks will be the subject of discussion at the Insurance Institute’s inaugural Emerging Issues Forum, which will be held at The National Club in Toronto on May 28.

About The Insurance Institute of Canada

The Insurance Institute is the premier source of professional education and career development for the country’s property and casualty insurance industry. Established in 1899, the Institute is a not-for-profit organization serving more than 39,000 members across Canada through 19 volunteer-driven provincial Institutes and chapters.

The Institute sets professional standards for the industry through education programs that lead to a range of designations, including the internationally recognized Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) and Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP). Graduates of these programs continue to enhance their expertise, experience and professional relationships by participating in the Institute-sponsored CIP Society.

Throughout their insurance careers, Institute members are guided by a rigorous code of ethics and an evolving set of proven best practices. As they pursue rewarding opportunities in a rapidly changing industry, they can take advantage of ongoing development programs, seminar series and networking events offered by an organization devoted to learning for the real world.

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