Around a decade ago, something called crypto insurance would have drawn puzzlement from everyone. The creation of crypto exchanges made it possible for millions of people all over the world to buy crypto tokens with ease.
However, the creation of exchanges also drew the attention of hackers, who have, over the years, made away with billions of dollars worth of cryptocurrencies. It is something that has dogged crypto exchanges for many years, and it seems that some of the world’s biggest insurers have finally come up with a solution. It has emerged that Aon and the legendary insurance firm Lloyd’s of London are all set to enter the crypto insurance market.
The cryptocurrency market is currently valued at $300 billion, and its value is only expected to rise in the years to come. Hence, crypto insurance is an idea whose time has come. Lloyd’s of London is a company worth $45 billion and remains the biggest insurance broker in the world. It connects clients to insurers. In 2019 alone, Lloyd’s brokered the $255 million insurance value for crypto exchange giant Coinbase and also the $100 million policy that belonged to BitGo. Aon, the second-biggest insurance broker in the world and rival of Lloyd’s, was also part of the Coinbase deal.
Over the years, cryptocurrency exchanges have become increasingly vulnerable to attacks from hackers, and to date, as much as $460 million worth of crypto tokens have been stolen. Binance, the world’s biggest crypto exchange by trading volume, was a victim of a hacking attack earlier in 2019 and lost $40 million. It is important to note that Binance is well known for being one of the most secure platforms and the hack on the platform created a lot of panic in the crypto space. However, the insurance companies are raking it in as the crypto space keeps growing. An expert stated that crypto insurance pays out anything between $200 million and $500 million in premiums to the various insurance companies.
Featured image: DepositPhotos © tashatuvango