4 April 2023Analysis

Astaara increases underwriting capacity limit

Guernsey-based integrated insurance services and risk management advisory business Astaara has increased its underwriting capacity and insurance limit from $12.5 million in 2020 to $25 million with effect from 1st April.

Astaara’s cyber insurance covers ports and terminals, as well as ships, shipowners and ship managers. The insurance is led by A-rated cyber insurance industry leader Axis Specialty Europe SE, with Astaara backed by significant investment from the West of England P&I Club.

Astaara deals with risk management services, underwriting services, and a dedicated analytics capability. The integrated nature of the company’s offering, as well as its structured and pragmatic approach, means that according to it, cyber risks can continue to be effectively identified, managed and mitigated, even in an increasingly hostile cyber environment.

Recent estimates show that over half of maritime sector cyber-attacks have been terror-related and would be excluded from traditional cyber insurance. Astaara does not exclude cyber-attacks that are deemed terrorism in its cover, and considers this as one driver of its growth and customer loyalty. This gives insureds certainty, which is often the missing factor in cyber offerings. The assessments undertaken by Astaara also help provide evidence of cyber sea worthiness and adherence to other applicable industry or regulatory standards.

“We are able to provide such broad and dependable cover because we work closely with our clients to ensure each has a high level of cyber security maturity,” explained Robert Dorey, group chief executive of Astaara. “If prospective clients fall short of the required level, our team will support them in reaching it. Our cyber risk consultants from government, Royal Navy and technical backgrounds are also in regular contact with retained clients to ensure their cyber maturity continues to develop during the policy period on a quarterly basis.

“With proper risk assessment and due diligence in line with the five pillars of cyber security, claims are less frequent and less severe. Our customers trust our cover because of this high-quality risk selection and the overall quality of our underwriting.”