In most instances, fidelity and crime underwriters have returned to pricing renewals based on changes in exposure year over year.
Financial, Executive and Professional Risks (FINEX)
Rate predictions: Fidelity/crime
Flat to +5%
Social engineering continues to be a focus for underwriters.
Social engineering coverage remains largely sub-limited. The availability of higher limits is contingent upon the strength of the buyer’s controls and procedures and, when available, will generally result in a higher premium.
Expect limited appetite for extending social engineering to cover loss of “other property.”
Blockchain, NFTs and digital assets — OH MY!
Fidelity and crime insurers are hesitant to cover these digital asset categories.
Some insurers are imposing non-fungible token and crypto/virtual currency exclusions, even if there is little or no exposure.
Capacity is primarily available out of London where insurers will consider writing established, custodial risks with meaningful deductibles and premium values.
Courts continue to debate the meaning of direct loss, leading insurers to impose additional policy exclusions.
Courts remain divided in their interpretation of direct loss with respect to social engineering fraud schemes. The fidelity and crime market has responded by adding exclusionary language for social engineering fraud, except where explicitly covered under a social engineering insuring agreement.
In G&G Oil Co vs. Continental Western Insurance Company, the Indiana Supreme Court held that a ransomware attack is covered under the computer fraud insuring agreement of a crime policy. The court applied a proximate cause test and concluded that the ransom paid was a covered loss. The decision has led to insurers imposing cyber extortion exclusions on fidelity and crime policies.
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