Allianz Risk Barometer: Top business risks for 2018

January 18 2018

Business interruption and cyber incidents interlink as the major threat for companies through 2018 and beyond, according to the insight of 1,911 risk experts from 80 countries in the Allianz Risk Barometer 2018.

Business interruption (BI) ranks as the most important global risk for the sixth year in a row (42% of responses), due to its tremendous effect on revenues. Companies face an increasing number of scenarios – from traditional exposures, such as the physical damage impact of natural catastrophes and fires on facilities and the supply chain to new triggers stemming from digitalization and interconnectedness that typically come without physical damage, but high financial loss. Cyber incidents is the most feared BI trigger for the first time. BI is also the main cause of  economic loss for businesses after a cyber incident. Cyber BI incidents are increasing, resulting from hacker attacks, such as ransomware incidents, but more frequently from technical failures and employee error.

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