The Importance of Cyber Insurance

David Derigiotis
3 min read
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April 20, 2024

Technology

In our digitized world, businesses face a growing array of cyber threats, ranging from data breaches and ransomware attacks to phishing scams and DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks. Even with top-notch security defenses, no organization is immune to cyber incidents. As these risks continue to evolve and intensify, organizations must adopt robust cybersecurity measures to protect their operations and financial future.

If you think traditional insurance policies cover cyber incidents, think again. While general liability and property insurance policies may provide some coverage for assets and liabilities for cyber-related losses, they are typically rife with exclusions.

One of the most public examples is the 2017 NotPetya cyberattacks. NotPetya claims the title of largest cyber disaster to date, racking up damages over $10 billion worldwide1. Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co faced substantial losses of over $1.3 billion from the cyberattack. From startups to well-established corporations, the importance of cyber insurance cannot be overstated.

Bridging Insurance Gaps

Although every policy has exclusions, cyber insurance bridges the coverage gaps left by traditional insurance policies. Cyber insurance policies are highly customizable to address specific vulnerabilities and exposures. With tailored policies designed explicitly for cyber incidents, cyber insurance offers comprehensive coverage for many digital threats, including data breaches, ransomware attacks, email compromise, and more. Incorporating cyber insurance into an organization's cybersecurity strategy is an essential safety net, shielding businesses from potentially ruinous financial and reputational fallout.

Financial Security

Cyberattacks can result in substantial financial losses, including costs associated with data breach response, forensic investigations, legal expenses, regulatory fines, and customer restitution. Depending on the severity of the breach, such financial losses can cause significant disruption to operations or even permanently close businesses.

As of 2023, the average cost of a cyberattack is $4.45 million per breach worldwide and $9.48 million in the U.S.3. Cyber insurance helps mitigate these financial burdens by covering the expenses incurred in the aftermath of a cyber incident, thereby safeguarding businesses' financial health and stability.

Risk Transfer & Risk Management

Cyber insurance allows businesses to transfer the financial risk associated with cyber incidents to the insurer, reducing their financial exposure. This risk transfer better equips businesses to manage their overall risk profile and allocate resources more effectively. Moreover, cyber insurance incentivizes organizations to implement robust cybersecurity measures and risk management practices to minimize premiums. This proactive approach enhances businesses' resilience and reduces the frequency and severity of cyber incidents.

Peace of Mind

In addition to financial protection, cyber insurance offers peace of mind. Securing a cyber policy empowers businesses to focus on core objectives, alleviating constant concerns about potential financial and reputational fallout from cyberattacks.

As cyber threats rapidly evolve, cyber insurance is an indispensable risk management tool for organizations across industries and sizes. With its comprehensive coverage and assurance, cyber insurance is pivotal in shielding businesses from the devastating consequences of cyber incidents.

Trusted Partner in Digital Defense

Cyber insurance is a critical risk management tool in the modern business landscape, offering invaluable support in mitigating the financial fallout of cyber incidents. By investing in cyber insurance, businesses gain comprehensive coverage tailored to address cyber threats head-on.

Moreover, cyber insurance offers assistance beyond financial compensation, providing access to expert resources and services to help businesses with cyber incident response and recovery. From breach notification assistance to crisis management support, cyber insurance empowers organizations to manage and mitigate the consequences of cyber incidents, ultimately enhancing their resilience in the face of evolving cyber threats.

At Flow, we serve as your strategic ally, dedicated to amplifying your success. We put the whole in wholesale by leveraging extensive expertise and cutting-edge technologies. Our superpower is our human touch in the digital age, ensuring you receive personalized support and guidance every step of the way.

References:

1 Harvard Business Review. (2020). Does Your Cyber Insurance Cover a State-Sponsored Attack? https://hbr.org/2020/10/does-your-cyber-insurance-cover-a-state-sponsored-attack

2 Insurance Journal. (2019). Was It an Act of War? That’s Merck Cyber Attack’s $1.3 Billion Insurance Question. https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2019/12/03/550039.htm

3 Security Intelligence. (2023). 10 years in review: Cost of a Data Breach. https://securityintelligence.com/articles/cost-of-a-data-breach-10-years-in-review/

David Derigiotis
3 min read
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April 20, 2024

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