HKU HKU Dept of Statistics & Actuarial Science, HKU

Seminar by Prof. Zhuo JIN from Department of Actuarial Studies and Business Analytics, Macquarie University

DateFriday, 3 February 2023
Time2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Venuein Room 301, Run Run Shaw Building
TitleCyber attack estimation with spatial clustering analysis

In this paper, a cluster-based method is developed to investigate the risk of cyber attacks in the continental United States. The proposed analysis considers geographical information of cyber incidents for clustering. By clustering state-based observations, the frequency and severity of cyber losses demonstrate a simplified structure: independent structure between inter-arrival time and size of cyber breaches. The independence between frequency and severity is significant in the state level instead of national level. Within clustered subcategories, the inter-arrival time is modelled by the family of Autoregressive Conditional Duration models (ACD) and log-transformed size of breach is described by an ARMA-GARCH model. Under multiple statistical tests, it is shown that the cluster-based models have better fitting and are more robust than the aggregate model, where all incidents are considered together. Finally, a numerical analysis is presented to illustrate the performance of the approach. Accordingly, the prediction of total losses is compared with other dependent models. The differences of key cyber risk features among clusters are illustrated.

About the speaker

Prof. Zhuo Jin is a professor of actuarial science in the Department of Actuarial Studies and Business Analytics at Macquarie Business School. He is an Associate in the Society of Actuaries (ASA). His research interests include optimal control in actuarial science, mathematical finance, numerical methods in stochastic systems, and machine learning. His research has been funded by Hong Kong RGC and other funding bodies. He has published more than 60 papers in international journals and book chapters, including top-tier journals Insurance Mathematics and Economics, European Journal of Operational Research, ASTIN: Bulletin, Journal of Risk and Insurance, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, and Automatica.