Security in InsurTech – Predictions for 2018

The new year is right around the corner and we want to take a look at what will be the future of InsurTech in the coming year. This year 2017 was great for InsureTech with a lot of focus on AI, ML and related technologies trying to make the insurance industry ready for the future. 2018 is going to take this forward.

The insurance industry would be in lockstep with the new technology and as the advances happen in the AI and ML, they would be picked up. Our focus for this article is around security related use cases that will help the insurance industry.

Advances in analytic technology such as Machine learning and AI are crucial in the fight against insurance fraud. To keep pace with sophisticated rings that constantly develop new scams, here are some trends to keep an eye on in 2018.

Ellen Roberson, Director of Insurance Marketing at SAS offering following insights

* Digital Policy Shopping: In 2018, millennials and other generations will continue to use mobile and online channels as a way to shop and service their policies. It’s a boon for convenience as more insurers focus on digitization to align with consumer expectations, but this digitization comes with risks, including an explosion in fraudulent claims.

* Real-time Authentication: Increasingly, authentication won’t just focus on prospects and customers. To prevent data breaches, insurers will increasing apply real-time authentication to everyone logging into their portals throughout the extended ecosystem, including brokers and agents.

* Premium Leakage: Premium leakage is defined as missing or erroneous underwriting information. Personal lines automobile insurers will face at least $29 billion in premium leakage – missing or erroneous underwriting information that undermines their rating plans.

* Health Care Fraud: State and federal authorities have reported increases in fraud, such as identity theft, fraudulent billing and deceptive sales practices.

* Agent Gaming: Premium misappropriation is the most common type of insurance fraud. Insurance agents, especially those who manage one person groups, can have access to vast amounts of their client’s funds. If they are under extreme financial pressures, they often rationalize their actions. Insurers must be vigilant in order to protect their customers and their reputations.

It is going to be an exciting year ahead. Insurance industry is on a path to making itself more technology oriented and reap the benefits of technology even more in the coming year.

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