What is Cyber Security Insurance?

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As we come to the end of Cyber Security Awareness Month its important to mention how you can protect your assets in the event of a breach. COVID-19 caused an incredible shift in business technology. Businesses are still working from home and moving to cloud applications. However, most employee home offices do not have strong information security practices in place. Hackers know this and as a result have ramped up phishing and malware attacks. Responding to security breaches costs thousands or even millions of dollars for organizations, especially for those following industry data protection regulations (PCI, HIPAA etc.). As a result, your business should look at purchasing a cyber insurance policy.

What is cyber insurance?

Cyber insurance provides your business financial protection against security breaches. The insurance settlement helps businesses cover the time and effort for incident response.

Potential incidents

  • Phishing attacks
  • Ransomware attacks
  • Business email compromise attacks
  • Wire fraud
  • Network outages
  • Hardware failures
  • Insider attacks
  • Denial of service attacks
  • Damaged, leaked, or stolen confidential data
  • Compromised social media accounts
  • Regulatory compliance violations

What does cyber insurance cover?

  • Legal fees
  • Settlement costs
  • Consultant fees
  • IT system repairs
  • Regulatory fines
  • Ransom payments
  • Public relations costs
  • Notification phone calls
  • Credit monitoring

What does cyber insurance not cover?

  • Errors in performance or failure to perform proper IT services
  • Future lost profits
  • Loss of value of stolen intellectual property
  • Cost of improving technology systems
  • Acts of war from a foreign power

Make sure the provider approves the claim by:

  • Not getting complacent. Insurers won’t pay out if the incident could have been easily prevented.
  • Using good security practices in your office. Set up safeguards such as antivirus, anti-malware, email filtering, content filtering, intrusion detection, and backups.
  • Document the practices your business puts into place, including your disaster recovery and business continuity plans.
  • Run regular network assessments of your environment
  • Ensure third parties are providing their services securely
  • Review terms of the contract. Look at the incidents covered such as network outages, data breaches, and wire fraud. The contract might not cover home office network outages. Also, make sure you get a long enough timeline for an incident response before signing.

Here are the top 10 cyber insurance companies, according to Insurance Business Magazine:

  • AXA
  • AIG
  • Travelers
  • Beazley
  • Zurich
  • BCS
  • Fairfax
  • Tokio Marine
  • Liberty Mutual
  • CAN

Work with a local agent. Here are a few we recommend. Be sure to tell them you found them here!

The Fessler Agency

Insurance Solutions of Tampa Bay

Florida Heritage Insurance

Greg Schindler State Farm

Great Florida Insurance of Safety Harbor

Leaders Insurance of Trinity

Need help getting your network secure? We can help!


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