The objective of EIOPA’s Cyber underwriting strategy is to contribute to building a strong, reliable, cyber insurance market. Increased digitalisation and use of big data has led to a growth in the frequency and sophistication of cyber attacks, highlighting the need for a sound cyber insurance market. Appropriate cyber insurance coverage, underwriting practices and sound supervision can make a valuable contribution for people, businesses and economies to manage cyber risk.
EIOPA has identified the following conditions which are essential for a resilient cyber insurance market:
Appropriate cyber underwriting and risk management practices and the corresponding promotion of such practices
Adequate assessment and mitigation tools to address potential systemic and extreme risks
A mutual understanding between policyholders and insurers of contractual definitions, conditions and terms; and
An adequate level and quality of data on cyber incidents available at European level.
EIOPA will undertake specific actions as part of its own supervisory and regulatory priorities as well as in its capacity as a facilitator and catalyst to provide advice on cyber insurance. Actions include:
The periodic assessment and supervision of cyber underwriting and risk management
Further investigation into the issue of non-affirmative cyber exposures and accumulation of risk
Inclusion of scenarios related to cyber risk events and incidents in the stress testing framework
Working with partners to explore and promote the development of a harmonised cyber incident reporting taxonomy.
Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Supervisory Review Process is a strategic priority for EIOPA, in particular by taking advantage of new technological developments and the opportunities they present.
EIOPA will work closely with national competent authorities to build on the existing use of technology to create innovative and efficient supervisory solutions to support a more effective, flexible and responsive supervisory system.
To support this goal, EIOPA will:
Implement a platform for the ongoing exchange of knowledge and experience to promote a culture of innovation and initiative between supervisors; and
Organise and endorse the analysis of potential supervisory tools aimed to address specific issues identified by supervisors and to develop them following a positive analysis.
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