Since 2019 cybersecurity incidents have increased significantly across all industries and show no signs of slowing! This has largely been driven by the rapidly growing prominence and sophistication of ransomware attacks as well as an increased propensity to pay the hackers. According to the 2021 IBM Security Cost of a Data Breach Report, the average cost of a data breach has risen to $4.24 million per incident with ransomware averaging more than $4.62 million per attack. These cyber events can mean a substantial increase in operating costs resulting from loss of productivity, service disruption, reputation damage, response and recovery activities as well as potential regulatory fines and personal claims. Cyber liability insurance can cover these losses and is now a best practice and an essential part of an effective cybersecurity program.
The current environment has also impacted cyber insurance carriers resulting in several significant changes to the market. These include higher premiums, additional limitations on coverage, and more aggressive underwriting and stringent cybersecurity requirements to attain the proper coverage. Based on these changes, the number of different policies available for cyber liability coverage along with a plethora and ever-increasing number of endorsements that can be added to the policies, the evaluation and selection of the best coverage for your organization can be a challenging process.
There are several key elements of cyber insurance coverage that all organizations should look for in a cyber liability policy. Those coverages include:
The coverage limits, deductibles, triggers, scope, and premiums can vary greatly from one carrier to another and is also dependent on the overall level of risk mitigation and protection your current cybersecurity and privacy program provides. At NetWorks Group, we believe that securing the right policy is a complex process. We can help you understand your risks and exposures and work with you to craft a policy that will provide the best and most affordable coverage for your organization.
Cybersecurity attacks are not going away - in fact, the frequency with which they occur continues to accelerate. Even the best defended organizations face increased cybersecurity risks that are nearly impossible to fully protect against. That is why it is vitally important that organizations adopt appropriate cybersecurity insurance coverage to help transfer risk in the event of a breach. NetWorks Group is here to help you navigate these murky waters by working with you to identify and procure the right insurance to meet your needs.
If you are interested in learning more about our Cyber Liability Insurance Advisory Services Program, plan on attending our Webinar on August 18, 2022 at 1pm. You may register for the webinar here. You may also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an initial discovery session.
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