Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science

Advisor/Committee Chair

Unal Tatar

Committee Member

Zsofia Barta


The demand for cyber insurance has accelerated in recent years due to the increased frequency and severity of cyber-attacks. The NotPeyta cyberattack, which spread to countries and systems across the globe and is estimated to have caused over $10 billion in damages, is one example. These kinds of catastrophic cyber incidents are causing insurers to raise premiums and tighten their policies, creating a significant gap in protection in the market. In response to this problem, the United States Treasury Department issued a Request for Comment regarding the potential for a federal insurance response to catastrophic cyber incidents. The aim of this thesis is to investigate what a federal backstop for cyber insurance could look like and how different groups feel about its potential creation. I analyze the submitted comments and additional open-source information to assess the opinions that the U.S. government and the cybersecurity and insurance industries each have towards a federal backstop. Looking specifically at opinions on the scope of coverage, catastrophe threshold, and policyholder requirements, I determine that while all three groups support its creation, there is significant variation in how each group pictures a federal backstop.

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