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Cybercrime in 2023: A Rising Menace


In the rapidly evolving digital landscape of 2023, businesses of all sizes are grappling with the looming threat of cybercrime.

Startling statistics reveal that over 83% of organisations have experienced multiple breaches within the past year, with ransomware attacks occurring every 11 seconds.

The rise of AI-powered cybercrime

In this landscape of escalating cyber threats, one menace stands out: the rise of AI-powered cybercrime.

While AI and cognitive technologies bring transformative potential, enhancing efficiency and productivity, they also introduce significant cybersecurity vulnerabilities. From botnets launching large-scale attacks to manipulated chatbots executing fraudulent transactions, the threats are multifaceted and constantly evolving. The adaptability and speed of AI systems enable breaches to escalate rapidly, causing widespread damage within seconds. Cybersecurity can no longer be an afterthought; it must form the foundation of your information infrastructure.

The ‘Zero trust’ security model

We are living in an era where AI enhances both our cybersecurity capabilities and threats.

Cyber breaches are also becoming increasingly sophisticated. With malicious actors adopting AI, cybercrime has become more potent and elusive. They can identify system weaknesses, create convincing phishing emails, and design self-altering malware that remains undetected.

The potential for AI to exploit system vulnerabilities and facilitate sophisticated attacks poses significant financial and reputational risks. This reality necessitates a "zero trust" security model, where defenses constantly validate network traffic and applications to ensure safety.

While we have yet to witness fully automated cyber warfare between AI hackers and AI security solutions, the rise of AI-based attacks presents a significant and imminent danger to businesses worldwide.

With the average cost of a data breach reaching $4.24 million in 2021, the risks associated with widespread threats are simply too significant to ignore.

In the face of cybercriminals working to outsmart security solutions, how can we navigate these digital waters safely?

Barker’s comprehensive cyber insurance solution is specifically designed to address the complexities of cybersecurity in the age of AI – this cover protects against the costs and damages resulting from privacy or network security breaches, while also providing access to expert knowledge and resources to effectively manage and recover from cyber incidents.

Our policy covers a broad range of incidents, including crisis management, data theft, cyber extortion, malware, denial of service, hacking, physical theft, and more. With Barker, you can navigate the ever-evolving digital landscape with the assurance that your cyber assets are well-protected.

Remember, your data and systems are valuable assets, and any loss or compromise can have serious repercussions. We believe that in the face of intensifying AI-driven cyber threats, cyber insurance offers an essential safety net. Our goal is to help clients navigate unforeseen cyber incidents more resiliently, ensuring their digital assets are adequately protected.

Contact Barker Insurance today to explore a cyber insurance plan tailored to your unique requirements.