When to Treat Security Risks with Cyber Insurance
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionInternational Journal On Cyber Situational Awareness (IJCSA). 2018, 3 (1), 39-60. 10.22619/IJCSA.2018.100119
Transferring security risk to a third party through cyber insurance is an unfamiliar playing field for a lot of organisations, and therefore many hesitate to make such investments. Indeed, there is a general need for affordable and practical ways of performing risk quantification when determining risk treatment options. To address this concern, we propose a lightweight, data-driven approach for organisations to evaluate their own need for cyber insurance. A generic risk model, populated with available industry averages, is used as a starting point. Individual organisations can instantiate this model to obtain a risk profile for themselves related to relevant cyber threats. The risk profile is then used together with a cyber insurance profile to estimate the benefit and as a basis for comparing offers from different insurance providers.