According to the UK Government, last year, over 30% of businesses and 22% of charities experienced a cyber-attack or IT-related security breach. This figure has increased year-on-year for the last four years. Some experts estimate each incident costs companies approximately £27,000 to recover. With this in mind, cyber liability insurance becomes essential.
What is a cyber-attack?
The press often focusses on large-scale breaches, such as the NHS ransomware attack of 2017. However, many cyber-attacks are smaller in scale, though they can be just as disruptive to businesses. They include:
- Phishing emails aimed at gaining access to systems by encouraging staff to click on links embedded within them.
- Attackers impersonating their company in order to attack customers and clients.
- Viruses and malware, including ransomware, which can steal data or shut down systems.
Given how many businesses rely on IT to carry out their day-to-day operations, it is vital, therefore, they are protected. This includes having the right IT systems in place to keep their, and their clients and customer data, safe and insurance for if they are attacked.
What does cyber liability insurance cover?
As with all insurance, cyber liability insurance covers different things depending on the level a business chooses. However, for fully comprehensive cover, it should include financial cover for handling:
- Data breaches
- Compensation claims
- Losses and interruptions
- The aftermath and impact of a cyber-attack
- Hardware and system repair and replacement
Ideally, it should also include forensic investigation and specialist IT support.
Buying cyber liability insurance
Companies should opt for comprehensive insurance wherever possible to ensure they are covered for all eventualities. The best way to find this is through an independent insurance broker such as Just Quote Me, who can find you the best policy for the best price. Contact them today on 0800 084 2325 for a free, no obligation, cyber liability insurance quote.