Cyber Insurance as an Incentive for Internet Security
Managing security risks in the Internet has so far mostly involved methods to reduce the risks and the severity of the damages. Those methods (such as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention, etc) reduce but do not eliminate risk, and the question remains on how to handle the residual risk. This paper considers the problem of whether buying insurance to protect the Internet and its users from security risks makes sense, and if so, of identifying specific benefits of insurance and designing appropriate insurance policies. Using insurance in the Internet raises several questions because entities in the Internet face correlated risks, which means that insurance claims will likely be correlated, making those entities less attractive to insurance companies.