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Positioning Your Business To Be Cyber-Insurable

The Cyber Insurance marketplace remains at a stand-off. Insurance providers are tightening the requirements to obtain insurance, while also minimizing the cyber events that they are covering. Traditionally, coverage has included expenses related to data recovery, credit monitoring, legal fees, and compensation to customers affected by the breach. It is becoming increasingly important for businesses, particularly those handling sensitive information, to invest in and obtain cyber insurance.

In this edition of The Digital Risk Digest, we will discuss the updated requirements to qualify for and obtain cyber insurance so that you can be prepared for these changes.

Assessment of Cyber Risks

Before purchasing cyber insurance, businesses need to assess their cyber risks. This includes identifying potential vulnerabilities, such as outdated software, lack of employee training, and weak passwords. This information is critical for determining the type and amount of coverage required. Businesses should also have a plan in place for responding to a cyber incident and minimizing the damage.

Preparation of Security Measures

Cyber insurance providers will often require businesses to have basic security measures in place to reduce the risk of cyber attacks. This may include the use of firewalls, antivirus software, and encryption. Businesses may also be required to implement regular security audits, provide employee training on cyber security, and regularly update their security systems.

Data Backup and Recovery

Cyber insurance providers may also require businesses to have a data backup and recovery plan in place. This is to ensure that sensitive information can be restored in the event of a data breach or other cyber-attack. Businesses should have a disaster recovery plan in place, and regularly back up and store their data in a secure location.

Notification Data Breaches to Authorities

Businesses are often required to notify law enforcement and other relevant authorities in the event of a data breach. This helps to minimize the damage and prevent the spread of sensitive information. Cyber insurance providers may also require businesses to have a plan in place for notifying customers and other stakeholders in the event of a breach.

Reporting Cyber Incidents Insurance Provider

Businesses may be required to report any cyber incidents to their insurance provider as soon as possible. This allows the insurance provider to assess the situation and take appropriate action to minimize the damage.

Proof of Security Measures

Businesses may be required to provide proof of their security measures and data backup and recovery plans when purchasing cyber insurance. This includes providing documentation of security audits, employee training programs, and data backup processes.

To determine how this will impact you and your organization:

Determine the Type and Amount of Coverage You Need

Businesses should determine the type and amount of coverage they require based on their cyber risks and the value of their sensitive information. This may include coverage for data breaches, cyber extortion, network interruption, and third-party liability. Businesses should also consider the deductible, coverage areas, and limits of liability when choosing a policy.

Review of Policy

Businesses should regularly review their cyber insurance policy to ensure that it continues to meet their needs and to update it as their business evolves. They should also keep their insurance provider informed of any changes to their security measures or cyber risks.

Ultimately, maintaining cyber insurance is an important aspect for businesses to protect against losses and damages from cyber-attacks and data breaches. The requirements for purchasing cyber insurance include assessing cyber risks, preparing security measures, having a data backup and recovery plan, notifying authorities, reporting to the insurance provider, providing proof of security measures, determining the type and amount of coverage, and regularly reviewing the policy. Businesses should take these updated requirements into consideration when renewing or obtaining a cyber insurance policy and ensure that it meets their needs and helps respond to potential cyber threats.

Don’t feel ready for these changes? Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

Typical cyber insurance assessments require key stakeholders to allocate time for interviews. But what would you say if you could identify relevant cybersecurity threats and business requirements, on your own time and at your own pace? You’re in luck because we’ve done just that!

The team at Valor Cybersecurity is pleased to offer our FREE Rapid Cyber Threat Assessment today. As a bonus for taking our assessment, we will provide you with recommended guidance for better protecting your business!

Whether the Valor Team can help you now or in the future, we remain poised to support your business’ success and protection.

Authors: Greg Tomchick and Jeff White

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