Magazine article Global Finance

FM Global Beefs Up Resilience Index

Magazine article Global Finance

FM Global Beefs Up Resilience Index

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FM Global, one of the world's largest business property insurers, four years ago created its Resilience Index to rank 130 countries and territories according to their ability to manage disruptive events.

For 2017, FM Global made the index more robust by adding three new drivers-inherent cyber risk, urbanization rate and supply chain visibility-to the previous nine, which include political risk, quality of infrastructure and control of corruption.

"Cyber is a very popular area of concern right now," says Bret Ahnell, FM Global's executive vice president. To measure a country's cyber vulnerability, FM Global looks at Internet penetration and cyber recovery. However, assessing the ability to recover from an attack means looking at a country's civil liberties. Because of the low level of civil liberties, the Middle East as a whole and Saudi Arabia in particular score very low in terms of cyber resiliency. …

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