Cyber Insurance Provider Cowbell Cyber Secures $20 Million

By Annie Baker ● March 23, 2021
  • Cowbell Cyber announced it closed a $20 million Series A funding round to scale its offering for continuous underwriting and closed-loop risk management. These are the details.

Cowbell Cyber — the first AI-powered cyber insurance provider for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) — announced it closed a $20 million Series A funding round to scale its offering for continuous underwriting and closed-loop risk management. Brewer Lane Ventures led the funding with participation from Pivot Investment Partners, Avanta Ventures, Markel Corporation, and existing investors ManchesterStory, Tri-Valley Ventures, and Holmes Murphy.

The new funding round will be used to fund product development, expand risk engineering, sales, marketing, and increase Cowbell’s footprint nationwide. And the company also announced that Martha Notaras, Managing Partner at Brewer Lane Ventures, will join the Cowbell Board of Directors and Akbar Poonawala, Co-Founder at Pivot Investment Partners, will join as a board observer.

This funding round follows Cowbell Cyber’s September 2020 launch of its Prime 250 program – which empowers insurance agents to issue personalized cyber policies – a program that has since expanded to 38 states. And Cowbell Cyber will continue aggressively growing its risk pool of 10 million continuously monitored organizations and its network of more than 4,500 agents and brokers that now distribute all of Cowbell’s cyber insurance programs. Cowbell’s precision in underwriting and speed in the distribution has helped the company achieve 1,595% growth in premium run-rate since then, making it the fastest-growing cyber insurance provider in the industry – which is projected to grow fourfold from 2018 to reach a value of more than $20 billion by 2025.

Cowbell’s AI-powered standalone and tailored programs protect businesses from cyber threats that cripple an infiltrated business. And as the threat landscape intensifies, business interruptions that result from ransomware attacks are up 20%, lasting up to 19 days. And Cowbell Cyber’s closed-loop approach to cyber risk bundles cybersecurity awareness training, continuous risk assessment, and pre- and post-breach risk improvement services. Its cyber policies empower policyholders to be proactive about managing cyber risks.

KEY QUOTES:

“Cybersecurity is now a risk management issue that is critical to the future of the insurance industry and is evolving at a pace that insurers have rarely seen. Cowbell Cyber has capitalized on businesses’ accelerated digitization and an ever-changing threat landscape. Cowbell embraces AI and machine learning to gain efficiency and accuracy when assessing and underwriting cyber risk while focusing on the fundamental needs of our policyholders: keeping their businesses protected from evolving cyber threats.”

— Jack Kudale, Founder and CEO, Cowbell Cyber

“Through its cutting-edge, AI-powered platform, Cowbell Cyber is well-positioned to disrupt today’s explosive cyber insurance market and redefine the industry. As the marketplace continues to see significant growth, we are thrilled to be joining the organization at a time in their journey where they are seeing unrivaled traction, and have put together a world-class team, staking a claim as a dominant force in the industry.”

— Martha Notaras, Managing Partner, Brewer Lane Ventures