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BitSight offers data to help insurers evaluate cyber risk for SMBs

Samit Shah, Insurance Strategy and Operations Manager at BitSight

Security ratings player BitSight has launched a new capability for insurers that delivers security performance information on millions of small- and medium-sized insurance applicants in seconds, enabling underwriters to evaluate and price cyber risk for the SMB market.

BitSight said the underwriting assessment leverages its security ratings platform and provides trustworthy security performance information.

“Nearly half of the global cyber premium is written by BitSight’s insurance customers, so we understand the unique challenges facing this community,” said Samit Shah, Insurance Strategy and Operations Manager at BitSight. “As insurers expand their cyber coverage to small and medium-sized businesses, they must quickly obtain high quality, accurate, meaningful security performance data in order to assess the risk of an applicant and determine pricing. BitSight is making it easier, faster and more cost-effective than ever for insurers to evaluate SMB cyber risk and issue policies.”

Given the resource and cost sensitivity associated with underwriting small- and medium-sized cyber insurance policies, he said insurers are increasingly seeking ways to underwrite in an automated yet risk-driven way. SMB customers expect to receive a cyber insurance policy quote during their first online experience or office visit, meaning brokers and agents need solutions that can evaluate cyber risk in real time. With BitSight’s newest capability, Shah claimed underwriters can gain visibility into the cybersecurity performance of millions of companies across the globe in just seconds, giving them increased speed and confidence in their underwriting decisions.

“The SMB cyber insurance market is growing rapidly and BitSight’s new offering presents a great opportunity for Tarian to help our customers,” said Geoff Pryor-White, Chief Executive Officer, Tarian Underwriting Limited, an insurer focused on entrepreneurial and tailored solutions for Cyber and Technology risks. “We have used BitSight’s large corporate offering over the last year and a half and have seen great benefit both in our underwriting process and in helping our customers better understand their own risk profiles. Utilising BitSight’s new offering means that we can more accurately assess a SMB customer’s risk at the time of quoting, which in turn will benefit the customer. We also can provide an exterior perimeter view of risk to an SMB customer so that they have a tangible view of their digital footprint. BitSight is a great partner to help us meet the challenges we face in cyber insurance.”

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