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Insurance software specialist now links to cyber-risk modeller

Sapiens, a provider of software solutions for the insurance industry, has partnered with Kovrr, a predictive cyber risk modeling firm, as part of a strategy to offer its open-API architecture and make innovative third-party and insuretech solutions available to its customers.        

For example, the Kovrr-Sapiens partnership will enable UK insurers to comply with PRA regulations and manage cyber risk, it says. Kovrr's predictive cyber risk modeling platform aims to deliver transparent, real-time, data-driven insights to global insurers and reinsurers regarding their risk exposures. Non-affirmative (silent) cyber risk occurs when insurance policies do not explicitly factor cyber risk. This creates potential exposure for a cyber event to "silently" trigger policy losses through a large-scale, catastrophic cyber event.

After previously setting out expectations for insurers on the prudent management of cyber underwriting risk in its "Supervisory Statement SS4/17: Cyber Insurance Underwriting Risk" communication, the Bank of England's Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) followed up by publicising the results of an insurer survey. Insurers were instructed by the PRA to reduce the unintended exposure to non-affirmative cyber risk.

To help its clients meet these new requirements and develop the requested action plans, Sapiens will offer its relevant solutions, including Sapiens IDITSuite for Property & Casualty, with Kovrr's industry-leading cyber risk modeling platform. This will empower (re)insurer underwriters, exposure managers and catastrophe modelers to meet the PRA's new standards.

The platform provides insurance professionals with loss predictions based on diverse cyber risk scenarios that can affect businesses within an insurer's portfolio, or companies they wish to insure. Insurers can make decisions about coverages and pricing, and ensure decisions are aligned with their risk appetite, via tools to manage their cyber risk accumulations.

"Today's insurers are increasingly exposed to cyber risk," said Yakir Golan, CEO, Kovrr. "Cyber risk now affects all lines of insurance. Potentially catastrophic events – such as an oil tanker or cargo ship crashing after its navigation system was hacked, or the national electricity grid becoming compromised – may lead to numerous cyber-triggered insurance claims. The Kovrr-Sapiens partnership will help existing and potential Sapiens customers obtain real visibility into the full spectrum of cyber risk they face, as well as helping them comply with the PRA's requirements, both now and in the future." 

"Sapiens is proud of our expansive network of partnerships and we view it as a strategic imperative to constantly search for the latest innovations," said Roni Al-Dor, Sapiens president and CEO. "Cyber risk is a crucial issue for insurers and this partnership will help them better protect themselves and their customers."