While you may have business insurance or professional liability insurance, most likely, do not have cyber insurance!!!
As of right now, standard general & professional liability insurance policies lack provisions for cyber and data coverage even though most, if not all, business today is done online. General liability (GL) policies lack the flexibility to address new and emerging cyber and data breach perils. Following a cyber attack, as it brings down the system, cyber liability insurance will be necessary to cover the costs associated with the attack as system downtime is not covered by standard business interruption insurance. Cyber insurance can also provide loss profit coverages associated with a systems outage such as computer virus or denial of service attack. Traditional CGL or BOP may not cover this peril that is “non-physical.”
Errors & Omissions along with professional liability insurance cover only the legal costs associated with a lawsuit, including attorney’s fees, court judgments, and, in some cases, settlements. Cyber liability insurance at that point covers the major costs associated with the aftermath of a cyber attack, which may include attorney’s fees, investigation costs, government fines, credit card company penalties, notification costs, consumer credit monitoring services, repairing IT equipment, restoring data, and more. Cyber security insurance policies also cover media liability as well as privacy liability coverages. Media liability cover costs stemming from violations of intellectual property, trademarks, and copyrights, as well as slander and libel. Privacy liability can cover costs associated with missing physical files, lost laptops, or even sending private information to the wrong email address.
If your company suffers a cyber attack or data breach with only E&O or BOP/CGL in place, you will not have coverage for a significant portion of your actual expenses. This is why nearly every business needs cyber insurance to prevent financial ruin after a cyber attack.
Cyber security insurance covers the legal and technological aspects of data breaches & cyber attacks. It covers first-party risks, which are the direct expenses the business incurs reacting to a cyber attack. It also goes further and covers third-party cyber liability risks which can cover expenses for businesses responsible for clients' online security and data.
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When you add a cyber insurance coverage policy to your business portfolio, you are ultimately getting access to technical resources in case the worst happens. A good cyber security insurance policy has best practices in place, protocols to follow and reacts immediately to a cyber or data breach event, providing instant access to IT security experts, forensic investigators, lawyers and crisis communications specialists who will help you manage the situation and get back online as quickly as possible.
Do not become a part of the statistics where your business is no longer able to survive and faces shut down following a cyber attack. Mitigate your risk and be at financial peace of mind should you face a cyber crime.