The future of the life insurance industry will be shaped by a range of disruptive themes, with cybersecurity being one of the themes that will have a significant impact on life insurance companies. 

Cybersecurity revenues in the insurance sector will grow from $6.4bn in 2020 to $10.6bn in 2025, according to GlobalData forecasts. The sector’s rapid digital transformation will drive this growth. The rise in complex ransomware attacks, the persistence of hybrid working models, ongoing supply chain threats, and the Russia-Ukraine war have all accelerated the need for robust cybersecurity defences across sectors, including insurance. 

Covid-19 led to more customers accessing their accounts digitally and insurers selling through digital channels, increasing the sector’s cyber risk. In 2021, leading financial institutions AXA, Tokio Marine, CNA Financial, and Banco Pichincha were hit by cyberattacks. There are also fears that the Russia-Ukraine war may give rise to state-sponsored attacks that target critical infrastructure, military operations, and businesses. Such attacks could not only target insurers but could lead to expensive payouts and damage the reputations of those reluctant to pay.  

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The pandemic accelerated the need for cyber insurance, but insurers are yet to translate this into improved penetration rates. With the cost of cyber insurance rising to reflect increased cyber risk, policy uptake fell between 2019 and 2021 as many SMEs sought to cut costs. AXA’s decision to stop writing cyber policies that reimbursed ransom attacks may encourage other insurers to follow suit and rethink their risk exposure, forcing businesses to strengthen their cybersecurity frameworks in case of a ransom attack. Some insurers, such as Hiscox, are educating their clients on identifying and mitigating cyber risks to reduce the chance of a human error-induced breach. 

However, not all companies are equal when it comes to their capabilities and investments in the key themes that matter most to their industry. Understanding how companies are positioned and ranked in the most important themes can be a key leading indicator of their future earnings potential and relative competitive position.  

According to GlobalData’s thematic research report, Cybersecurity in Insurance, leading adopters of cybersecurity in the life insurance sector include: AIG, Allianz, Aviva, Chubb, Hiscox, Marsh, Munich Re, Ping An, Swiss Re, Travelers and Zurich Insurance. 

Insights from top ranked companies  

AIG 

AIG’s information security approach features intelligence-driven risk management, data and identity access management, and workforce training and awareness. It has partnered with the National Cybersecurity Alliance to recognise Cybersecurity Awareness Month every October with resources that reinforce a strong cybersecurity culture among its workforce, disseminating best practices and online safety guidelines. In June 2021, it formed CyberAcuView with other leading cyber insurers, a company aimed at mitigating cyber risk in the insurance industry. Also among the consortium are Chubb, The Hartford, and Travelers. AIG can provide businesses with its standalone CyberEdge policy, or its cyber insurance can be endorsed onto select property and casualty or financials lines. It is the second-largest standalone cyber insurance provider in the US, generating $2.3bn in direct written premiums in 2019, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). In 2017, it partnered with CrowdStrike and Darktrace to launch CyberMatics, a cybersecurity model that evaluates clients’ cyber risk scores. 

Chubb 

Chubb uses various information security tools to protect its systems, including encryption, firewalls, and intrusion detection and prevention systems. Its information security team monitors networks for anomalous activity. Chubb’s expertise in the liability insurance market has enabled it to become a leader in cyber insurance. In 2021, Chubb was both the cyber insurance underwriter with the largest market share (10%) and the largest writer of package cyber coverage (28%), according to a report by Fitch Ratings. In June 2021, it formed CyberAcuView with other leading cyber insurers, a company aimed at mitigating cyber risk in the insurance industry. Also in the consortium are AIG, The Hartford, and Travelers. 

Ping An Insurance 

Ping An Annuity launched a smart annuity service using facial recognition technology. The service enables Ping An Insurance customers to collect their annuity payments efficiently and securely using facial recognition, digital signatures, and data analytics. The service automatically completes the filling and handing of all documents, provides customers with online access to their annuity information, and enables them to track the retrieval process. In 2019, Ping An Insurance Technology and the Hong Kong government announced a partnership to implement e-IDs for all Hong Kong residents, enabling them to conduct online transactions via unique electronic identification while providing electronic infrastructure for the country’s smart city project. 

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the insurance industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Cybersecurity in Insurance.  

  • YuLife
  • Great-West Lifeco
  • Dacadoo
  • Manulife Financial
  • Oscar Health
  • Bupa
  • Allianz
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Prudential Financial
  • Bright Health
  • AXA
  • DeadHappy
  • Anorak
  • Cigna
  • HDFC Life
  • China Pacific Insurance
  • BIMA Mobile
  • Cathay Financial Holding
  • AIA
  • China Life Insurance
  • Old Mutual
  • Anthem
  • LV=
  • Royal London
  • Humana
  • Legal & General
  • MetLife
  • Saga

GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

GlobalData’s Thematic Scorecard ranks companies within a sector based on their overall leadership in the 10 themes that matter most to their industry, generating a leading indicator of their future earnings and relative position within key strategic areas.