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Topic: Deepfakes – the next cyber threat?
Author: Pamela Kokoszka
Deadline: 10 November
Background: The deepfake technology has been steadily growing for several years with previous incidents involving cyber criminals using voice deepfake technology to scam a CEO out of over €200,000. More recently an actor was able to use the technology to impersonate Tom Cruise for Tiktok video – replicating both the actors looks and voice.
With the increased use of video conferencing services many security researchers are now predicting that deepfakes could become a major security threat in the 2021-2022 period. Post investigates what threat deepfake pose for insurers and policyholders.
- What challenges does deepfake technology pose for insurers? How different are those to a typical cyber attack?
- Could deepfake technology lead to increase in fraud? – if so what could insurers do to help mitigate that?
- How could deepfake technology impact business?
- How can businesses prepare for and recover from a deepfake attack?
- Do cyber policies cover deepfake attacks?
- What other policies could be triggered by a deepfake attack?
Topic: Supply chain problems
Author: Rachel Gordon
Deadline: 24 November
The global supply chain is currently creaking under the pressure of high demand with the UK seen as a weak spot. Container shortages, port delays, congestion, increased freight costs, logistics equipment in the wrong place, and a lack of haulage options has ultimately resulted in delays being widely reported. Post looks at what delays will mean for business especially in the run up to Christmas.
- What is happening where ships contain perishable goods; delays mean that those goods are compromised or even worthless upon arrival at their destination.
- Are ‘delays’ covered by marine insurance or something else?
- Is traditional cover enough to cover this? Has the issues at Felixstowe highlight gaps in cover?
- What about reputation risk when good don’t turn up or business interruption if for example a manufacturing process is held up?
- Are risk managers seeking more insurance cover? Is cover changing as the risk change?
- How much of an issue is due diligence in their areas when companies might not know how long their supply chain is?
- How robust are business continuity plans and how often are they stress tested?
- Which industries will be hardest hit by this?
- With Brexit and then Ever Given was this a risk that the insurance market was aware of and prepared for?
- How much does trade credit insurance come into play?
Topic: The problems of insuring fine arts and antiquities
Author: Valerie Hart
Deadline: 1 December
A lack of data makes it difficult to price risk on unusual objects such as antiquities and to identify their origin and whether they are legitimate. Underwriters want instant information to inform their decisions. This feature will explore the problems of insuring fine arts and antiquities and the possible solutions to support insurers to make more informed decisions.
- How much of a problem is tracking antiquities and fine art items and determining if they have been looted given the illicit art and antiquities market is said to be worth $4.5-7bn per year?
- What does museum insurance cover?
- What are the problems underwriting precious goods in transit and valuable items on loan?
- What solutions are being developed to solve these problems?
- Can artificial intelligence help?
- Could these tools have other applications in the insurance world?
Topic: Hydrogen fuel and the future
Background: The hydrogen industry looks set to boom over the next decade. According to McKinsey, global investment associated with hydrogen will amount to $500bn by 2030. As of summer 2021, there were 359 hydrogen projects underway around the world and more than 30 countries had drawn up hydrogen strategies.
The industry is being watched keenly by the insurance sector. This month, products designed for the hydrogen industry featured in a showcase of insurance products that can aid the net-zero transition put together by the Prince of Wales’s Sustainable Markets Initiative.
Post asks how ready the insurance sector is to support the growing hydrogen industry, and what it needs to consider when it insures hydrogen risks.
• How developed is the hydrogen industry? How much energy is produced using it today? How much of that is ‘green hydrogen’?
• What are the risks involved and how do they compare to other traditional energy sources/renewable energy sources? What work is being done/needs to be done to understand the risks?
• Does the insurance industry have the capacity that would be needed to support the number of hydrogen projects that have received investment?
• What consideration needs to be given to different grades of hydrogen energy (climate neutral ‘green hydrogen’ vs. less good blue and grey hydrogen) when insuring infrastructure – particularly in context of activists eyeing what projects insurers support?
• What claims trends and litigation have been seen in this area in the last five years and are any future claims looming?
Topic: China: Implications of uncertainty
Author: David Worsfold
Deadline: 10 December
The growing threat of Communist China to Taiwan, China’s human rights record and wider instability in the Far East generally have made realistic scenario planning for firms with interests in the region more important than ever.
How well prepared are insurers and brokers for the consequences if tensions escalate? The last few years, with many once unthinkable events happening – rise of populism, pandemics, energy crises – are a stark reminder that major uncertainties must be addressed.
It isn’t just about the threat to Taiwan but also about the growing pressure on businesses to back away from any trade that is potentially linked to the Uyghur camps. We have seen with climate change that serious campaigners will eventually go after insurers too.
The potential consequences for the insurance market are huge. Obviously, at one end of the scale there is the possibility of outright war but long before that there are a range of other actions the West might take. According to the Institute of Strategic Studies and other similar bodies, the most likely would be a blockade of China’s main ports if it threatens Taiwan. Whether the west has the appetite for such action might be debatable but it remains a possibility with huge risks for marine and cargo insurers.
There are also major cyber risks to take into consideration should tensions escalate.
The impact of the UK’s participation in the naval alliance in the South China Seas and how the Chinese government might respond in terms of withdrawing its money from the UK, US and Australia or exerting its influence in some way are also factors weighing heavily in this scenario.
• How should insurers and brokers approach the challenge of growing tension over Taiwan and other territories around the South China Sea?
• What does sensible scenario planning look like and what are the key contingencies that should be put in place?
• What are the key risks that need to be addressed from an insurer perspective? How should they be identified? What mitigation can be put in place?
• Are firms with business links to mainland China fearful of addressing these issues?
• How will relationships with Chinese clients be impacted by the UK’s participation in the AUKUS alliance and the deployment of significant Royal Navy forces in the region?
• How would a potential blockade of China’s main ports impact trade and specifically the marine and cargo insurance markets?
• With bold commitments to tackle modern slavery, how do UK insurance businesses approach firms using labour in the Uyghur camps or dependent on components that are suspected of being produced in the camps?
• Are firms with bases in Hong Kong reviewing their position? Should they?
• What is the future of the London Market’s involvement in insurance cover for the Belt and Road project?
Topic: legalized cannabis
Author: Emmanuel Kenning
Deadline: 15 December
According to reports the sales of legal recreational cannabis in the US hit $19bn last year with projections putting the size of the market at over $40bn within five years and over $100bn by the end of the decade.
Recreational cannabis is legal in nearly 20 states with medicinal cannabis legal in approaching double that figure. According to Leafly, 321,000 full-time equivalent jobs were supported in the US by legal cannabis as of January 2021.
Post will analyse the growth in the US cannabis industry over the past 10 years and recent legal changes in the country asking what legislative changes are coming next. From this base we will seek views on the history of the insurance market, the present-day situation and expectations for future opportunities and challenges.
- How big is the insurance market currently in terms of gross written premium, what is the number of insurers, reinsurers and brokers working together to provider cover?
- Across growers, sellers and affiliated providers – from packaging and marketing firms to landlords and professional service suppliers like accountants and lawyers – what are the needs and demands?
- What levels of insurance are those involved with cannabis currently taking out and how much should they be?
- With the cannabis industry so new and a lack of historical data how can insurers price risks successfully and how can brokers advise clients? Can there be a straight-forward read across from established industries for cover for buildings, contents, product liability, crop insurance, cyber, cash and more?
- Are there particular challenges around D&O for new start-up firms in this niche?
- As legalisation progresses is this leading to more market participants? Will it? And do reputational risks remain?
- How big could the cannabis insurance market get over the next 10 years and what are current and potential future obstacles such as a legislation swinging back in the opposite direction?
- In a separate box out Post will ask in light of repeated warnings of property claims due to illegal cannabis farming, would insurers welcome a change in the law and would US insurers recommend it?
Topic: Reinsurance renewals
Author: Edmund Tirbutt
Deadline: 12 Jan
According to Munich Re rising prices for various assets and the latest major losses are making considerably higher reinsurance rates in Europe likely. In Germany, the flooding – which produced overall losses of around €33bn and insured losses of at least €7bn – was the most expensive natural catastrophe in its history. While higher inflation is also leading to higher claims costs and COP26 has ESG on all board agendas. The reinsurer, therefore, predicts a prolonged market hardening for 2022 renewals. Post will seek to find out how true this is and find out how reinsurers risk appetites and products have evolved recently.
- Does the market agree a prolonged hardening of the reinsurance market is likely? How will prices this renewal season compare to 2021?
- What impact is this having on coverage and capacity?
- Does the risk of a prolonged hard market breath life back into the perennially discussed topic of expanding state-supported risk pools?
- In what lines will this have the biggest affect? For example, some insurers are reducing capacity in cyber and motor and property saw price increases last year.
- How are reinsurers risk appetites and product offerings evolving in response to emerging market realities?
- A report by Guy Carpenter and AM Best suggested that the industry is looking healthy from a capital perspective – what impact will this have?
- Catastrophe Bonds have had a record issuance year – how is this helping with market resilience?
- What impact do Covid related claims continue to have as FCA figures show there are still plenty of unresolved business interruption claims remaining?
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