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Mactavish warns of ‘dramatic’ increase in cyber attacks

Mactavish has previously warned that several specialist cyber insurance policies have flaws and ‘won’t necessarily provide the cover businesses are looking for’

New research from Mactavish, a specialist outsourced insurance buyer, has found that 21% of businesses say they have suffered a cyber related loss in the last three years, with 69% having been a victim within the last 12 months.

Mactavish has previously warned that several specialist cyber insurance policies have flaws and “won’t necessarily provide the cover businesses are looking for”. 

Research conducted by the group at the end of 2019 identified eight key weaknesses in cyber insurance policies, including cover being limited to events triggered by attacks or unauthorised activity, excluding cover for losses caused by accidental errors or omissions. 

It also found that several policies provide limited cover for data breach costs, such as covering costs that the business is legally required to incur as opposed to the greater costs incurred in practice.

Mactavish’s added that 41% of businesses interviewed claim that since the pandemic began, the level of potential cyber-attacks they are facing has increased. Of those businesses interviewed who have suffered a cyber-attack in the past three years, 69% said its impact was “significant or very significant”.   

Some 67% of managers and senior executives interviewed are now more worried about cyber attacks than they were three years ago, according to the group.

Over the past three years, 56% of respondents say they have received email-based scams, followed by 31% who say they have been targeted with malware, and 11% with potential data theft.

Bruce Hepburn, CEO at Mactavish said: “Our research findings are very alarming as they show that cyber-attacks are a very real and growing threat facing businesses.  The impact of these can be very significant, making it all the more important that employers have adequate insurance cover against these.

“We conducted very detailed research into the construction of cyber policies at the end of 2019 and found that many had major flaws that seriously undermined the cover they offered. From what we see in our day-to-day work, some of these are still prevalent. This an area that firms should think very carefully about – an off the shelf product simply may not deliver the protection they are seeking.”

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