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Topics: Agent Resources Cyber Liability
Summary: For businesses wondering "when do you need cyber insurance?" the answer is now. Cyber attacks continue to grow, with the average attack costing a company as much as $200K. Commercial cyber insurance or data breach insurance supports the business's efforts to recover in the event of a cyberattack.
Small businesses are often easy targets for cyber criminals because they typically have less security in place than larger companies. A cyber liability insurance policy augments and supports the business's efforts to recover in the event of a cyber attack. It will provide access to expert resources and financial support through investigation, notification, recovery and post-recovery activities related to a data breach event.
When customer data is compromised, it's usually not arbitrary or otherwise public information being targeted. Credit card data, names, phone numbers, addresses, driver's license numbers, health records, and even social security numbers can quickly find themselves in the wrong hands with a few strokes of the keyboard. Attacks can vary from malicious assaults on your physical servers to phishing scams that solicit sensitive data from individual users. Cybercriminals may also use ransomware to block access to your entire network until a sum of money is paid.
There are many steps to take after a cyber attack. Following the attack, your business can be impacted in the following ways:
Probably the most critical potential consequence of a data breach is damage to the company’s reputation. While major retailers like Target and Home Depot may be able to bounce back from that type of hit, small businesses can have a harder time winning back customer trust.
If financial information is compromised during a breach, your business could be hit by heavy fines from credit and debit card companies. This is particularly true if the company was not fully compliant with requirements from the PCI Security Standards Council, a global forum for implementation of account data protection measures.
If you don’t have a detailed data breach response plan, your client could be focusing on the breach instead of serving your customers. In the end, their business suffers.
If your client's business computer system is hacked and cybercriminals make a false wire transfer using their online banking credentials, the bank is not responsible for lost funds, as long as they followed the proper security protocol on their end.
While there’s no way to guarantee your business won’t get breached, there are steps your clients can take to reduce the cost if a breach does occur. Clearly, the best way to mitigate the cost of a breach is to be prepared: secure the business, get a plan in place, and make sure everyone knows their role in preventing and responding to a breach.
AmTrust appointed agents understand the needs of their commercial customers, and have access to coverage options and innovative solutions that help protect policyholders against financial loss, reputation issues and other damage stemming from cyber attacks. Our focus on providing small and mid-sized businesses with affordable, effective cyber liability insurance lets our appointed agents tailor policies and coverage options to the individual needs of insureds. AmTrustCyber offerings helps ppolicyholders avoid the real costs of a cyber breach. Contact our team for more information.