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Fraud & Security Cyber Risk Measurement: How to Measure a Moving Target

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As I recently blogged, “Clearly, there’s a big disconnect between what companies perceive to be their strengths and the reality on the ground.” Now it’s time to move on to the reality of evolving cyber threats, and the important role of risk-scoring technology in cyber risk measurement. Again, I’ll draw on the session Cyber Risk, Cyber Ratings and Cyber Risk Transfer at the recent FICO World 2018 conference, and the conversation with my three panellists: Josh Ladeau, CISSP, Global Head of Cyber, Aspen Insurance Sasha Romanosky, Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation Mingyan Liu, Professor and Incoming Chair of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of Michigan and founder of QuadMetrics. Cyber Risk Measurement: Cyber threats are multiplying Not surprisingly, the panellists’ perspectives on cyber risk growth were reflective of their professions. Josh said, “It’s about the interruption of business and systems being down; hackers aren’t the only source of cyber risk. Business outages... [Read More]

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Fraud & Security Who Has Cyber Risk Insurance Around the World?


76% of Organizations Have Cyber Risk Insurance – But How Does That Change Across the Globe? Data breaches and cyber-attacks continue to dominate headlines, so we can be sure that try as they might, many organizations can’t protect themselves sufficiently. Should the worst happen, are companies able to use cyber risk insurance to help them recover? Our survey of 500 companies across 11 countries shows some interesting results and attitudes on the subject. More companies are investing in cyber risk insurance Last year we surveyed companies in six countries, when we compare year on year results we can see that in those countries the percentage of organizations that have cyber risk insurance has gone up from 62% to 75%. Looking at individual countries there are some standout figures. In the UK the percentage of insured companies has leapt by 29% with 90% now investing in cyber risk insurance. The UK... [Read More]

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Fraud & Security Cybersecurity Insurance — But Not Full Coverage

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The number of UK firms with cybersecurity insurance has risen in the past year — but less than half say their cyber insurance covers all risks. The second annual cybersecurity survey from research and consultancy firm Ovum, for Silicon Valley analytics firm FICO, found that the number of UK firms reporting they have no cybersecurity insurance dropped from 31 percent in 2017 to 10 percent in 2018. While this is substantially better than the 24 percent reported across all 11 countries surveyed, only 38 percent of UK respondents said their cybersecurity insurance covers all risks. Cybersecurity Insurance – Telcos still lack coverage Telecommunications firms were the most likely to have no cybersecurity insurance — 17 percent reported this, compared to just 5 percent of financial services firms. (This shows that not much has changed in the industry since last year as per the findings in our e-book “Cybersecurity for Telecoms –Views... [Read More]

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Fraud & Security Cybersecurity Insurance – 3 Reasons Businesses Aren’t Buying

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We recently commissioned a study from independent research company Ovum on how organizations are tackling cybersecurity and what they plan to do next. Losses because of a data breach or other cyberattack can be severe, particularly when factors such as customer and shareholder confidence are taken into account. We therefore expected that cyber risk insurance would be an increasingly important way in which organizations are mitigating their risk. The results were far from uniform: The UK was the most insured country we surveyed, with 69% of respondents holding some kind of insurance, and the USA was the least insured – only 51% of US respondents had any kind of cyber risk insurance. Across the industries surveyed, financial services firms were the most likely to be insured (71%), and healthcare the least likely (26 percent). Even when businesses have invested in cyber risk insurance, it’s unlikely to cover them for all... [Read More]

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Analytics & Optimization Fast, Personalized Insurance Decisioning: Q&A with Infosistema


Infosistema, a business and technology consultancy, wanted to build a solution that would help its insurance company clients create a personalized experience for each prospect and customer. Working with FICO, the company now can build flexible and customizable auto insurance pricing and life insurance underwriting decision-making solutions, with advanced simulation capabilities, in eight weeks. I recently had the chance to speak about this with Alexandre Lee, Partner and Board Member at Infosistema. Q: Can you please tell me a bit more about Infosistema? Alexandre: Infosistema is a consultancy focused on insurance and banking. We offer web portals, mobile applications, business process management solutions and service-oriented analytics to help insurance and banking institutions all over the world. Our focus is on staying innovative by investing a lot in research and development for our products. Q: What business challenges were you looking to solve when you teamed up with FICO? Alexandre: As... [Read More]

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Fraud & Security Video: How SulAmérica Uses Analytics to Stay Ahead of the Game in Insurance


Ever wonder how SulAmérica combats fraud, waste and abuse? In the video below, Umberto Reis, IT Senior Manager at SulAmérica, notes that of the multi-billion dollar Brazilian health insurance market, roughly 20% may be waste and abuse. Needless to say, it’s a challenging market in which to be profitable. To tackle this complex problem, the insurer uses a combination of FICO analytics and decision management solutions, including FICO® Blaze Advisor® Decision Rules Management System and FICO® Insurance Fraud Manager. This has allowed SulAmérica, the largest independent insurance group in Brazil, to become much more agile and drive continuous improvement. For more information on this success story with SulAmérica, read our blog post: How SulAmerica Fights Insurance Fraud, Waste and Abuse.

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Risk & Compliance Using Analytics to Attack Opioid Abuse

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Recently, congressional staff requested a briefing from FICO on how our analytics are tackling the opioid epidemic – an issue that, despite pervasive gridlock in Congress, has become a priority for both Democrats and Republicans. Our experts welcomed the opportunity to share their experiences. We believe that the increased use of analytics can play a pivotal role in confronting this challenge. Opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin as well as pain medications such as codeine, oxycodone and morphine. In 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 28,000 people died from opioids – a number greater than the deaths from traffic accidents that same year. And the opioid problem is getting worse, with increasingly more deaths involving fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. The House and Senate recently approved a bill addressing the opioid crisis by nearly unanimous votes. Though both parties wanted additional provisions, the... [Read More]

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