Full-Coverage Cybersecurity Insurance Doubles in Canada

With cyber threats and data breaches on the rise, full coverage of cybersecurity insurance in has increased from 18 per cent to 40 per cent of Canadian firms since last year, according to FICO’s annual global cyber-risk survey

  • 40 per cent of Canadian firms surveyed have cybersecurity insurance that covers all likely risks – an increase of 22 percent from 2017
  • Canada’s financial services companies are the most prepared to combat cyber-risk. Fifty-six percent of Canada’s financial services companies have full cyber-risk insurance coverage, while 38 percent have some insurance coverage for cyber-risk
  • Ovum conducted telephone surveys for FICO of security executives at 500 companies in Canada and 10 other countries

Toronto, ON (Aug. 21, 2018) – The number of Canadian firms with full cybersecurity insurance has risen dramatically in the past year — 40 percent have cybersecurity insurance that covers all likely risks. The second annual cybersecurity survey from research and consultancy firm Ovum, for Silicon Valley analytics firm FICO, found that the number of Canadian firms reporting they have no cybersecurity insurance dropped from 36 percent in 2017 to 22 percent in 2018. However, nearly half of Canadian respondents who have cybersecurity insurance said it only covers some risks.

Canada’s financial services companies are the most prepared to handle cyber-risk. Fifty-six percent of respondents in this industry have full cyber-risk insurance coverage, an increase from only 23 percent who indicated they had full coverage a year ago. They also have the in-house capabilities to understand the risk of suffering a breach in the upcoming year, with 63 percent saying they have software that provides a score that tells them what their likelihood of a breach is (compared to 41 percent globally).

While 70 percent of respondents in retail and e-commerce said they have some form of cyber-risk insurance, half (50 percent) of those in the same industry don’t believe their coverage is reflective of the risk profile of their business.

Power and utilities firms are the most exposed to risk without cybersecurity insurance coverage — 60 percent reported they have not taken out cyber-risk insurance, compared to just 6 percent of financial services firms in Canada. A full 40 percent of power and utilities firms surveyed said they don’t intend to take out cybersecurity insurance.

Canada’s companies are well-aware of the threat of cyber-risk, and the uptake of comprehensive cybersecurity insurance is a testament to that,” said Kevin Deveau, vice president and managing director, FICO Canada. “However, there is still a long way to go, with many companies still out there that either have inadequate cybersecurity insurance or none at all. Not only is it important to obtain cybersecurity insurance, but to also ensure it matches the risk profile of the organization.”

“Although Canadian organizations perform well in terms of the uptake of cyber insurance, the fact that only 40% have comprehensive insurance demonstrates there is still some way to go for these firms to have a broad view of their security posture and how to present it for insurance,” said Maxine Holt, research director at Ovum. “It could also show that these companies have a current security posture that insurers are not prepared to cover comprehensively. We should not detract from the positive news here; almost 80% of Canadian organizations have elevated the importance of cybersecurity to a level that requires insuring, even if only partially.”

Ovum conducted the survey for FICO through telephone interviews with 500 senior executives, mostly from the IT function, in businesses from Canada, the UK, the US, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, India, Finland, Norway, Sweden and South Africa. Respondents represented firms in financial services, telecommunications, retail and ecommerce, and power and utilities.

Last month, FICO announced that it is offering free subscriptions to the Portrait portal of the FICO® Enterprise Risk Suite, which gives businesses access to their FICO® Enterprise Security Score. The score, a machine learning-based cybersecurity rating service, can show organizations how business partners and cyber insurance underwriters see their network security, and can help them benchmark their performance. Learn more about Security Score at securityscore.fico.com.

About FICO

FICO (NYSE: FICO) powers decisions that help people and businesses around the world prosper. Founded in 1956 and based in Silicon Valley, the company is a pioneer in the use of predictive analytics and data science to improve operational decisions. FICO holds more than 185 US and foreign patents on technologies that increase profitability, customer satisfaction and growth for businesses in financial services, telecommunications, health care, retail and many other industries. Using FICO solutions, businesses in more than 100 countries do everything from protecting 2.6 billion payment cards from fraud, to helping people get credit, to ensuring that millions of airplanes and rental cars are in the right place at the right time. Learn more at www.fico.com.

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About Ovum

Ovum is a market-leading research and consulting firm focused on helping digital service providers and their vendor partners thrive in the connected digital economy. Through its 150 analysts worldwide, it offers expert analysis and strategic insight across the IT, telecoms, and media industries. Founded in 1985, Ovum has one of the most experienced analyst teams in the industry and is a respected source of guidance for technology business leaders, CIOs, vendors, service providers, and regulators looking for comprehensive, accurate, and insightful market data, research, and consulting. With 23 offices across six continents, Ovum offers a truly global perspective on technology and media markets and provides thousands of clients with insight including workflow tools, forecasts, surveys, market assessments, technology audits, and opinion.

Ovum is part of the Business Intelligence Division of Informa plc, a leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events group listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, visit ovum.informa.com.


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