Oct 14, 2020

Cyber insurance could be worth $20.4bn by 2025

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William Girling
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According to research conducted by MarktesandMarkets (M&M), the cyber insurance market has the potential to be worth US$20.4bn globally in five years
According to research conducted by MarktesandMarkets (M&M), the cyber insurance market has the potential to be worth US$20.4bn globally in five years...

According to research conducted by MarktesandMarkets (M&M), the cyber insurance market has the potential to be worth US$20.4bn globally in five years.

Such a prediction, if correct, would represent a 161.5% increase on its 2020 valuation ($7.8bn). A line of insurance specifically for the protection of enterprises against online threats, M&M concludes that the increasingly sophisticated nature of modern cyber attacks will be fundamentally responsible for this growth.

Significantly, the company also highlights COVID-19 as a core accelerator: as more companies and industries embraced remote working methods and incorporated more digital technology into their operations, a simultaneous rise in cyber criminal activity followed.

However, despite the mounting need for cyber insurance, its relatively high cost (owing to several high-profile ransomware-related payouts) is slowing down adoption and causing many companies to focus on augmenting cybersecurity instead.

Furthermore, the limited scope of coverage, opaque policy terms and a general lack of familiarity regarding cyber insurance continue to stymie its potential growth.

It is possible, though, states M&M, that breakthrough deployments of artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology could mitigate this problem and present an opportunity for the industry:

“The integration of these technologies with risk analytics solutions would address some of the key challenges and pain points faced by cyber insurance companies.

“The advent of advanced technologies facilitates faster transactions and settlements, which helps financial institutions and their customers conduct transactions more easily while eliminating the intermediary charging fee.”

According to M&M’s findings, the North American region holds the greatest potential for development; its trove of world-leading tech companies, such as Microsoft and Cisco, and a generally well-financed economy lends itself well to further R&D in the field of cyber insurance. 

With other analysts concluding that insurance entities will become more akin to ‘technology companies handling insurance’ than vice versa, the importance and necessity of cyber insurance to the future market appears to corroborate M&M’s predictions.

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Jun 18, 2021

TrueMotion insurtech acquired by Cambridge Mobile Telematics

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US-based TrueMotion and Cambridge Mobile Telematics provide mobile phone telematics technology

Two leading US telematics firms have joined forces as Cambridge Mobile Telematics acquired TrueMotion, another Massachusetts-based insurtech firm. 

One of the world’s leading telematics insurtechs, Cambridge Mobile Telematics, was launched in 2010 and powers 65 enterprise programmes in 28 countries.

Meanwhile, TrueMotion, which launched in 2012, has enjoyed significant success as a telematics operator, raising US$10mn in its seed funding round in 2010, and then partnering with the motor insurtech Noblr in 2019. 

TrueMotion has also entered the European market, collaborating with LB Forsikring to promote safe driving in Denmark.

Telematics expansion

The joining of the companies means TrueMotion’s 150-strong workforce will join Cambridge Mobile Telematic’s already established team, along with their client list, which includes Travelers, Farmers, and Progressive. 

The new company will focus on increased interest in using telematics for crash reconstruction in personal lines claims and more innovation in the telematics space. 

Speaking about the acquisition, William Powers, CEO, and co-founder of Cambridge Mobile Telematics, described the move as an opportunity to explore new markets, expand throughout the US and bring telematics to a much wider customer base.  

"With this acquisition, we will use our world-class talent, technology, and scale to help our partners overcome the complex challenges of global road safety,” he added.

Ryan McMahon, VP of insurance and customer affairs for Cambridge Mobile Telematics, explained that expanding the company with additional talent and customers would help meet the demands of a growing telematics market. He also quoted data from a study by J.D. Power which revealed that personal auto telematics users have doubled in five years to 16% of policyholders.

McMahon told the press, “This market is rapidly expanding, and building more capabilities is more important than ever,” McMahon says. “Both companies follow similar philosophies and grew up in similar ecosystems, and now we’re bringing those cultures together.”

He continued, “Telematics is absolutely the future of commercial auto and rideshare, and it’s kind of a step up beyond the normal telematics."

McMahon added, “We will not only widen our lead in smartphone telematics, but also use our combined talent to invent new products for risk measurement, contextual telematics, and crash mitigation across emerging mobile, IoT, connected-car, video, and sensing technologies.”

Five reasons why telematics is in demand

  1. It reduces fuel costs and increases operational efficiency. This is a consideration for most commercial fleets given the rising costs of fuel
  2. The technology enables fleet managers to plan operations with greater precision by providing exact locations, timescales, and speeds of vehicles. 
  3. It improves driving standards and monitors driver behaviour, reducing detours and ensuring responsible driving. 
  4. It helps fleet health and maintenance by monitoring the health of operational vehicles.
  5. It increases corporate social responsibility in terms of care for the driver, the vehicle, the impact of driving in terms of emissions, and also the security of the vehicle itself.

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