The global cyber insurance market registered significant growth in 2020 and 2021, largely due to substantially raised premiums. The increased frequency and severity of cyberattacks, coupled with the global shift to remote working in the wake of the pandemic, caused insurers to hike prices. Against this backdrop, the global cyber insurance market is forecast to grow from $16.7 billion in direct written premiums (DWP) in 2022 to $33.4 billion in 2027, according to GlobalData.

GlobalData’s latest report, “Thematic Intelligence: Cyber Insurance 2023,” reveals that, even with waning demand (due to rapid premium price increases), global DWP in the market grew healthily in 2021 (66.5%) and 2022 (42.7%).

“As premiums gradually soften going into the second half of 2023 and beyond, and as economic conditions become less burdensome on businesses, demand for cyber insurance should grow going forward,” said Benjamin Hatton, insurance analyst at GlobalData. “Greater levels of cybersecurity, lower tendencies to pay ransom demands, war exclusions, and a more competitive insurance landscape will all coalesce to keep a lid on prices going forward. This is expected to gradually encourage greater uptake of policies, in both personal and commercial spaces, leading to a persistently strong market growth rate over the period.”

Global cyber risks continue to grow for businesses after the pandemic, with many U.K. SMEs recognizing that their cyber risks have grown since then. According to GlobalData’s 2022 U.K. SME Insurance Survey, almost 50% of medium-sized enterprises said that their cyber risk has, to some extent, increased since the start of COVID-19. 

“The tough economic climate may be holding some businesses back from buying cyber cover right now, but as economies return to growth, the cyber line looks set to receive strong demand going forward,” Hatton said.