Broker says Asia recognises that ‘cyber criminals and terrorists are no respecters of geographical borders’

Lockton has joined forces with Lloyd’s insurer Kiln to create a new multi-peril insurance policy that covers previously uninsurable risks such as computer systems interruption.

Lockton Intangible Risk Policy addresses key areas of risk that were completely uninsured or only inadequately addressed by traditional insurance. The policy is focused on first-party loss of net income and extra expenses. Insurance capacity to at least $50m is available through the primary lead underwriter and excess markets.

“These big boardroom risks previously fell outside of traditional insurance because the cause of loss was not a physical event or did not result in physical injury or damage to tangible property,” said Emily Freeman of Lockton’s Privacy and Global Technology Practice.

Development director of the Asian unit of Lockton’s Global Technology and Privacy Practice, Angel Kuan, said that companies in Asia were starting to experience damage from incidents such as cyber attacks. “Those that heavily depend on IT are starting to realise that their intangible assets are under more attack than their physical assets,” she said.

Kuan cited the example of the South Korean television stations and banks that were affected by what was alleged to be a North Korean cyber attack. “These attacks generate a lot of news, but far more goes on that is not reported,” she added.

Kuan said that changing attitudes in Asia had prompted Lockton to offer a dedicated intangible risks insurance product in the region. “Asia is behind the US and Europe, but it is starting to experience that cyber criminals and terrorists are no respecters of geographical borders.”

The key perils in the product include:

Reputational harm: The cause of loss is adverse traditional or social media coverage that drives down revenue or sales. It can be sparked by data breaches, breach of labour laws and environmental damage, key person disgrace, loss of certification/accreditation, product safety or quality failure, or other perils agreed with the underwriter.

Inability to sell products that depend upon intellectual property: This peril addresses the income and expense consequences of losing an intellectual property dispute, including the costs of work-arounds and licensing fees. 

Computer network failure: Causes of loss include computer attacks, operational or administrative errors, accidental damage to hardware or digital electronic assets, political risks, and terrorism.

Outsourcing disruption or supply chain interruption: This coverage is highly tailored to individual clients, but can include seizure or nationalisation by governments and political risks to supply chains.