Evaluating Cyber Risk For Cyber Insurers

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The proliferation of successful cyber attacks – and the resulting headlines – have made it apparent that a perfect cyber defense isn’t possible. While leaders of enterprises and large organizations continue their cybersecurity efforts, they are increasingly turning to cyber insurance to mitigate their risk.

But large networks are complex and dynamic. It can be extremely challenging for cyber insurance providers to determine how to measure and price that risk.

Missing from cyber risk evaluations

Where there is a market need, solutions will arise to meet it. There are now several companies providing cyber risk scores.  Most of them assess external threats to a network – a necessary, but far-from sufficient risk measurement. What’s been missing from the cyber risk score is an assessment of the network, itself. How well is it put together? Does it follow industry best practices? Can unqualified users reach critical information?  Are the near-constant changes networks go through analyzed for risk? Does the organization even know about and manage all parts of its network?

Understanding a network in addition to the threat environment

RedSeal’s network modeling and cyber risk scoring platform provides an essential piece of a network risk analysis — a network assessment so you can more accurately assess the risk you’re being asked to insure.  You’ll be able to evaluate the network’s security and determine what the threat environment can mean to a specific network.

RedSeal analyzes networks and provides:

  • A Digital Resilience Score. A single number, modeled after a creditworthiness score, RedSeal’s Digital Resilience Score focuses on three essential questions:
    • Are there network defects that are easy to reach?
    • Can an attacker reach valuable assets?
    • Is the full network understood and managed? (Or are there previously-unknown and unmanaged sections?)
  • A complete inventory of network assets. You will know all the devices you are insuring – and how effectively they’re configured.
  • Actionable intelligence so the network’s resilience can be improved (down to the line of software code that needs to be changed)

What RedSeal brings to you

RedSeal’s network information and cyber risk score factored into your insurance offering will give you a competitive edge in crafting a highly-differentiated insurance offering. You’ll be able to:

  • Make a more accurate assessment of risk
  • Expand your insurance offerings – both breadth and policy amount
  • Be selective about which customers to insure
  • Tailor policies and increase profitability.

And you can expect fewer claims.

Added bonus: improved customer relationships

RedSeal’s cyber risk score provides an added bonus by allowing you to strengthen your customer relationships by providing useful information – that also benefits you. You’ll be able help customers institute a “virtuous circle” of network improvement, where they measure network resilience, find and prioritize issues, and make their networks more secure and resilient. All parties win – customers improve their networks and get better coverage for the money, and you lock in long-term customers who file fewer claims.

Video: RedSeal and Cyber Insurance

Understand the value RedSeal provides to insurance underwriters and their customers — understanding and scoring how well a network is put together. (2:28)

RedSeal VP of Business Development Steve Timmerman speaks on the panel “Quantifying the Uncertain Risk and Rewards of Cyber Insurance” at the 2017 OnRamp Insurance Conference in Chicago, IL

Cyber Insurance Resources

Want to Learn More?

Contact RedSeal Cyber Insurance at cyber-insurance@redseal.net
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