Cyber/Privacy Insurance


The Betterley Report: Cyber/Privacy Insurance Market Survey 2021

2021 Report Highlights


insurers analyzed


pages of insurer comparison charts

Market Information for Each Insurer Based on 3 Categories:

  • Targeted Insureds by Size
  • Targeted Insureds by Industry
  • Prohibited Insureds
Updates inside the full report include:
  • 118 pages with 24 different kinds of charts comparing 27 of the most prominent insurers writing cyber and privacy liability insurance
  • The addition of Celerity Pro and Resilience to the comparison charts
  • Information about pandemic-related coverage enhancements, exclusions, and deductible adjustments from 21 insurers
  • Reasons why ransomware claims are increasing, and how insurers are handling ransomware retentions
  • Rate, deductible, and growth estimates from 15 insurers
  • Updated premium volume estimates based on ISO MarketStance analysis of NAIC data, combined with estimates of the London and other alien markets
  • A look at other types of cyber coverage being sought after (i.e., beyond liability coverage)
  • Analysis of how certain business agreements, and the acceptance of responsibility for cyber losses within them, are impacting small and midsized insureds
  • The impact that the vast number of breaches is having on the reinsurance market
  • Sentiments toward crime, extortion, and business interruption coverages from a cyber perspective
  • An overview of data privacy coverage, including limits available, triggers, types of data covered, and remediation coverage
  • A look at the difficulties inherent in the "failure to maintain security standards" exclusion

Why The Betterley Report?

Agents and Brokers—Sell more and grow revenue by pinpointing errors in competitors' policies/proposals.
Risk Managers and Insurance Buyers—Identify, eliminate, or avoid coverage gaps with coverage comparison charts.
Underwriters—Research competitors with quick policy comparisons.
Attorneys—Keep up with year-to-year trends in policy form development.
Consultants—Identify markets and match them up to your clients' needs.

Imagine that you or your client suffers a crippling data breach due to a previously unknown cyber vulnerability. Not only was the private information of a vast number of customers compromised, but certain denial-of-service elements of the attack kept the company’s systems either completely down or running far less efficiently than normal for weeks after the incident. Suddenly, you or your client is faced with determining how exactly the attack happened, preventing similar attacks in the future, notifying any affected customers, incurring expenses to get systems up and running properly, and even potentially warding off any subsequent litigation.

  • "What are the best insurance products available to protect against this circumstance?"
  • "How can financial losses be minimized?"
  • "How could my company (or my client) have been better prepared for this liability?"

Depending on whether you are the risk manager, the agent or broker, the consultant, or any other role, these are likely the questions you are asking yourself. In today’s environment, in which business and the Internet have become essentially inseparable, companies of all sizes and operating in any industry are exposed to the types of cyber-liability exposures alluded to above.

The "Cyber/Privacy Insurance Market Survey" edition of The Betterley Report compares and contrasts the options available in the insurance marketplace to address scenarios like this and sheds light on the specific knowledge that can help any risk management and insurance professional better address cyber and privacy liability exposures.

Following a general overview of the state of the cyber and privacy liability insurance market, the report dives into the trademark feature offered in each edition of The Betterley Report: incomparably detailed charts comparing the leading cyber and privacy liability insurers. These comparison charts allow readers to see how each of the insurers stacks up with the others in terms of the following.

24 types of insurer comparison charts available in full report:

These comparison charts allow readers to see how each of the insurers stacks up with the others in terms of:

  • Contact and Product Information
  • Product Description
  • Market Information
  • Capacity, Deductibles, Coinsurance, and Agent Access
  • Data Privacy: Types of Coverage and Limits Available
  • Data Privacy: Regulatory and Statutory Coverage Provided
  • Data Privacy: Payment Card Industry Coverage Provided
  • Data Privacy: Coverage Triggers
  • Data Privacy: Types of Data Covered
  • Data Privacy: Remediation Costs Covered
  • Data Privacy: Remediation Coverage Services
  • Coverage Extensions and (Sub)Limits Available for Cyber Insureds—Media Liability
  • Security Assessment by Third-Party Requirements
  • First-Party Coverage: Direct Damage and Business Interruption
  • Coverage for Loss Resulting from State-Sponsored or Terrorist Act
  • Theft (First-Party) Coverage
  • Theft (First-Party) Coverage—Deceptive Funds Transfer or Social Engineering
  • Third-Party Coverage: Bodily Injury and Property Damage
  • Third-Party Coverage
  • Claims Reporting, Extended Reporting Period, Selection of Counsel, Consent To Settle
  • Prior Acts
  • Coverage Territory
  • Exclusions
  • Risk Management Services

Sample Market Information from Full Report

Below is a small sample of the information that is available for each of the insurers via the 24 different types of charts included in the full report.

Market Information
Carrier Target Markets—Size of Insured (in $U.S. of Annual Sales) Target Markets— Industry Prohibited Insureds Is Product Primarily Targeting Insureds Based in the U.S.,
Non-U.S., or Both
Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Target firms with revenues greater than $500 million All—Focus on FI and Professional  Services firms None US
Capacity, Deductibles, Coinsurance, and Agent Access
Carrier Capacity Available Deductible or SIR
(Minimum & Maximum)
Is Product Available to Retail Broker or to Wholesale Only
e-Franchisor Suite $5 million (layering is available for higher limits) $25,000 Appointed Retail
First-party Coverage: Direct Damage and Business Interruption
Carrier Direct Damage to Equipment Destruction of Data Virus Extraction Business Interruption Denial of Services
Zurich By endorsement Yes Yes, reasonable and necessary expenses to minimize or reduce an interruption of services



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