Risks insured against
Cyber liability insurance is still a relatively new service and the levels of cover can vary immensely between different insurance companies, however a good cyber liability policy can cover the following:
- Loss, damage or distortion of own data
- Loss, damage or distortion of third party (including customer or supplier) data
- Contamination of third party (including customer or supplier) systems with malware
- Forensic costs
- Technical support to restore systems & data
- Legal support
- Crisis management and PR support
- Payment of fines and penalties
- Reduced income / business interruption
- Payment of ransoms
- Social media embarrassments
- Breach of copyright
- Loss of data stored in the cloud
- Notification of data subjects
- Credit monitoring for data subjects
- Physical damage caused by a data breach
- Accidental and malicious acts
Any organisation that relies upon data, handles sensitive or confidential information, communicates electronically or controls systems and processes electronically should consider protecting their business with cyber liability insurance. You should look at your own risk profile and purchase cover to suit your own vulnerabilities and risks. The cyber liability needs of an online retailer are very different to those of a solicitor, precision engineer, doctor’s surgery or school and the number of employees is also relevant.
Cyber liability insurance premiums have dropped dramatically in recent years but is determined by the size and activities of the business requiring insurance. As is to be expected, insurers look favourably on businesses that have good cyber risk management. For example, organisations which achieve standards such as Cyber Essentials or IASME will often achieve premium discounts or even free insurance, subject to conditions. Alternatively, businesses who do not have adequate security may find it difficult to obtain cover.
Due to the complexity, we recommend that you obtain cover from an independent insurance broker which has a specialism in cyber insurance. They will be able to advise you and assist you in obtaining the appropriate cover for your business.
This page has been compiled with the kind assistance of Sutcliffe and Co Insurance Brokers