Do You Really Need Cyber Insurance?

It’s easy to assume that a push for Cyber Insurance is just more FUD, but the reality is if you are in business, you are at risk.

Cyber insurance policies can protect your company against lawsuits for data security breaches, lawsuits regarding loss of confidential data, and cover the costs of hardware repair and even lost business.

It doesn’t matter if your business is large or small, the threat is real, and it can be costly. Standard business insurance does not cover data breaches or almost any other loss involving data. Standard insurance covers tangible losses and damage; and data isn’t tangible.

As hackers become more sophisticated in their attacks, insurance may soon become a standard line of defense against malicious intent. Types of cyber coverage currently available include:

  • Data breach coverage
  • Regulatory civil action coverage
  • Cyber extortion coverage
  • Virus liability
  • Content liability
  • Lost income coverage
  • Loss of data coverage
  • Errors and omissions coverage

One final note. Cyber Insurance shouldn’t replace a solid security infrastructure. Preparing for an attack is the best defense.

But if anti-virus is the 1st level of protection, application whitelisting is the second, and reboot to restore is the 3rd, is Cyber Insurance officially the 4th?

Kelly Batke

Kelly is the self-confessed technology laggard who works in technology. The good news is she is slowly reaching late adopter status. Kelly enjoys learning and writing about the psychology behind technology—as in why do we buy what we buy, and how does that impact our environment?