As a modern day business owner, you’ve likely felt the push to become more web-involved. The Internet seems to be where businesses are concentrating efforts, whether they involve revamping your website to keep up with the competition or creating social media accounts to attract a new audience. Of course, charting a new business course presents new risks. Navigating the Internet can be difficult enough when dealing with multiple accounts, email marketing and search engine optimization, but you’re also responsible for protecting the information that you store there. Cyber liability insurance may be the answer.

Let a Trusted Choice® member agent help you analyze your risk factors and suggest a policy that works for you. Whether you need cyber risk insurance or other business coverage, your agent can help you review your options and compare price quotes. Independent agents are concerned with your company’s well-being and dedicated to quality customer service. Contact a Trusted Choice member agent to get started.

The Risk of Internet Business

  • In 2008, almost 50% of businesses reported they had 1 to 5 cyber risks.
  • The most expensive cyber risk incidents involve fraud, which averages a loss of almost $500,000.
  • In 2008, the most common cyber risk businesses faced were viruses, followed by inside abuse and then laptop theft.
  • In 2012, 36% of the business industry experienced a data breach.
  • The number of education records impacted by data breaches went from 3.3% in 2011 to 13.3% in 2012.

What Is Cyber Liability Insurance?

Contrary to popular belief, nearly all businesses are susceptible to a cyber attack and your general liability policy may not cover the associated risks, which include loss of control over sensitive customer data.

To understand what protection cyber risk insurance provides, you must first understand the risk you face as a business. Cyber attacks don’t necessarily occur in the ether of Internet. Cyber attacks can also include computer hardware problems, communication media errors, system backup and operating system errors and even errors and fraud invoving internal people like system administrators.

A company can face three common types of cyber risks:

  • Natural: The most common errors and losses result from severe weather. For example, a lightning strike or power surge can severely damage or destroy an entire database.
  • Human error: These unintentional acts can involve something as simple as leaving a laptop that has access to patient medical records, at the airport.
  • Intentional: This involves illegal criminal activity and can occur outside the organization, by hackers or criminals, or inside the organization.

No matter what kind of cyber attack you experience, the consequences of an attack can be expensive. In addition to retrieving information and establishing new cyber protocols, many companies have to perform clean-up efforts with a customer base. Cyber liability insurance can help with each step of recovery.

Do I Need Cyber Liability Insurance?

Before purchasing a cyber liability policy, check your general liability policy, and assess your cyber activity and risks. If you realize that your general liability policy will cover small scale hacking and you rarely operate within the bounds of cyberspace, you might not need to buy a policy that provides additional cyber risk protection.

On the other hand, if you run payments through a POS system, or you run a health practice or law firm that stores sensitive client information on an online database, it’s possible that your general liability won’t fully handle the consequences of a data breach. Other institutions that might consider purchasing a policy include the following:

  • Online retailers
  • Health care providers and hospitals
  • Educational institutions
  • Financial, credit and banking institutions
  • Technology companies
  • Manufacturers and supply chain services
  • Social service organizations

If you aren’t sure whether you need to purchase extra cyber insurance, contact a Trusted Choice member agent. Your agent can help you understand your potential risk and identify the specific coverage you need.

The Advantages of Cyber Liability Insurance

If the idea of losing your business due to hacking or even human error keeps you up at night, the cost of coverage may be worth the extra expense. Many businesses are getting these policies in place today to protect themselves from the unknown.

Fortunately, cyber risk insurance policies can now be tailored to your needs,  and don’t necessarily have to be expensive. Since this is a new product not available through all insurance carriers, Trusted Choice member agents are an excellent resource, as they have the ability to scout for less common coverage. A member agent can also compare policies and seek the most affordable rate for you.

Look for a policy that covers business interruption as well as other aspects like notifying customers of data breach or data loss problems and hiring a PR firm to manage your public image. Some of these policies can also assist you before you are cyber-attacked.

Finding Affordable Cyber Liability Insurance Quotes

An independent agent in the Trusted Choice network can help to assess your needs and risks and compare quotes on coverage that can protect your business assets. These agents are devoted to helping you get the right risk protection and can tailor coverage to your specific needs and budget.

While the threat of a cyber attack is very real, there are many measures that you can take to protect your company. One of the best measures is to contact a Trusted Choice member agent who specializes in commercial insurance and can provide for all of your business insurance needs. Find an agent in your area today.