What is Cyber Liability Insurance and Why do You Need It?
No matter the size of your business, data breaches happen. Sure, cybersecurity is a big part of your defense strategy, but what happens if the bad guys win despite your best efforts? Cyber liability insurance will lessen your financial responsibility if you are a victim of a breach and can help you recoup your legal costs and even, in some cases, the direct hit to your budget from lost income, downtime, brand reputation damages, and other financial fallout following a data breach.
What is Cyber Liability Insurance?
You have insurance to cover your car, your health, your home, and your business’ assets. Consider cyber liability insurance as an insurance policy for your network. Cyber liability insurance is also known as cyber risk insurance or a cyber insurance policy.
It’s important to understand that, while some business liability insurance offers limited cyber risk insurance, these limited policies will most likely not cover you in the case of a data breach.
What Does Cyber Liability Insurance Cover?
The consequences of a data breach touch every aspect of a business, from a tarnished reputation to regulatory fines, downtime, court and legal costs, and even ransomware payments.
Your cyber liability coverage should cover, at the minimum, legal costs, regulatory violation fines, and incident response including investigations and data recovery.
Make sure you read the fine print before signing on the dotted line. Insurance companies can often throw in clauses and loopholes that will absolve them from paying a claim. One example is a refusal to pay for state-sponsored attacks, a big part of many ransomware threats.
Make sure that you are purchasing both first party (your own business) AND third-party (your customers) policies.
How Much Does Cyber Risk Insurance Cost?
The estimated costs of cyber insurance policies for a low to moderate risk business averages around $1485 depending on the policy selected.In 2019, the average cost of cyber insurance was $1,501 and fell 1% in 2020.
Remember that your policy costs will depend on how robust your cyber security strategies are, including a recent cyber-risk assessment. You may also need a different level of coverage depending on your industry-specific regulations; for instance, a health care provider will want a policy to cover HIPAA violations.
In addition, some other factors for the price of cyber risk insurance can include:
- The number of credit card transactions
- The type of data stored, such as sensitive personal information
- Your industry vertical
- Business Size
Understanding your risks and the costs of downtime, data recovery, and potential legal liability is necessary for choosing your policy.
Who Needs Cyber Insurance?
Any business, regardless of size, who collects and stores data, sensitive client information, trade secrets and other proprietary information needs cyber liability insurance. This applies no matter how or where your data is stored; in the cloud, mobile devices, PC’s, servers…no data storage is fool-proof, and wherever data is stored, there is vulnerability.
Unless your business can withstand the costs of a data breach (and few can), cyber risk insurance isn’t just a good idea. It’s a necessity.
Iconic IT Understands Cyber Liability Insurance Requirements
Iconic IT understands cyber risk insurance and can help you assess your risks to help you choose the best policy for your business. You can contact us for a free, no obligation, ten-minute chat to see how you measure up before you buy your cyber liability policy.
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