Government partners up with insurance sector against cyber threats
In a joint statement, the group reported that –
"Insurers providing cyber breach and wider operational risk cover can play an integral role in driving improvements in cyber security risk management. By asking the right questions and helping customers, not only can cyber insurance help businesses to meet the costs of a security breach event, but it can also provide front end risk analysis to gauge the organisation’s exposure to cyber risk, and deliver rapid incident response services that are critical to minimising the impact of a breach".
Industry-chaired working groups will be established including representatives from Government. These working groups will explore how best to:
- use insurance as a driver for improving cyber security practice in UK businesses, and SMEs in particular;
- model the impact of cyber-attack scenarios on UK businesses and the insurance response; and
- explore the possible role for the insurance industry in reducing the impact of cyber-attack on critical national infrastructure.
To read the joint statement, please click here.
On 20 November 2014, the Government Cyber Security Summit took place. The event's purpose was to bring together public and private organisations and businesses in order that joint strategies might be created and the public/businesses better protected against cyber-crime
To view Francis Maude's speech, please click here.
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By Duncan Sutcliffe
As an insurance broker my clients expect me to appraise what is valuable and important to their business, assess the potential threats, the consequences of an incident and then advise on ways to reduce the risks and recommend relevant insurance to mitigate any potential losses. When it comes to Cyber Risk - and despite the constant warning from government, experts and the media - getting business owners to act responsibly is tough.