Cyber Liability Insurance for the Holidays

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   ‘Tis the season to be jolly, even when it comes to cyber insurance lingo! Imagine third-party cyber insurance as the festive elf on the shelf for your tech business – always there to sprinkle a little magic and help when the holiday cyber grinches strike! So, you’re the Santa of the tech world, recommending software gifts to clients. But, oh no, a cyber Grinch tries to ruin the holiday cheer with a data breach! Fear not, because third-party cyber insurance is your trusty Rudolph, guiding you through the legal storm that follows. This insurance is like the holiday cookie to your tech business, especially if you’re the one responsible for securing your clients’ digital stockings. It’s a must for those who spread tech joy but want protection from the legal gingerbread men that might come knocking. Now, imagine bundling this cyber holiday hero with your errors and omissions policy – it’s the ultimate gift under the tech tree, a present we like to call technology errors and omissions insurance, or tech E&O. And just like holiday lights brighten up the darkest nights, third-party cyber insurance can illuminate the path through unexpected cyber challenges. So, hang those cyber stockings with care, because this insurance has got your back in this festive digital adventure!


   Cyber Liability Insurance is needed for businesses that  typically manage:

  • Providing cybersecurity for other businesses
  • Handling credit card or bank account information
  • Safeguarding Social Security numbers or driver’s license numbers
  • Managing medical information
  • Protecting customer names, email addresses, phone numbers, and addresses
What does cyber liability insurance cover?
Cybersecurity insurance covers costs associated with data breaches and cyberattacks, including the cost of recovering important data and hiring legal representation. There are two types of cyber liability insurance coverage: first-party coverage and third-party coverage. Most businesses need first-party cyber liability insurance to defend against their own cyber risks, especially if they handle personally identifiable information (PII) for customers. Companies that are responsible for their clients’ cybersecurity would need third-party cyber liability insurance to provide legal protection from client lawsuits. What is first-party cyber liability insurance? First-party cyber liability insurance, sometimes called data breach insurance, covers costs related to a data breach or cyberattack that directly impacts your business. You can often add this coverage to your general liability insurance. It’s recommended for businesses that collect personal information, such as customer credit card numbers or email addresses.
Specifically, first-party cyber liability insurance can help cover:
1. Data breach response costs State laws typically require a response when a business is impacted by a data breach. Cyber insurance helps cover costs associated with hiring a digital forensic expert to investigate the breach, customer notifications, consumer credit and fraud monitoring services, as well as Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance fines.
2.Business interruption expenses When a cyber incident brings necessary systems offline or otherwise grinds business to a halt, cyber insurance can help cover business interruption expenses, such as the cost of hiring additional staff or renting equipment. This includes purchasing third-party services, such as hiring a public relations manager or crisis management team.
3.Ransomware payments If a hacker encrypts private information about your company or its employees and holds it for ransom, cyber liability insurance will help with payments to meet cyber extortion demands.
What is third-party cyber insurance coverage? Third-party cyber liability coverage helps pay for legal costs when a client sues your company for failing to prevent a data breach or cyberattack at their company. This insurance is recommended for technology businesses that make software recommendations to clients or are responsible for their network security. Third-party coverage can be bundled with your errors and omissions policy into what is known as technology errors and omissions insurance, or tech E&O. Specifically, third-party cyber insurance can help cover: Purple check mark Legal defense costs If a client sues your business for failing to prevent a data breach at their business, cyber liability insurance could help cover attorney’s fees and other legal costs for your defense in court. Purple check mark Settlements If your business faces a lawsuit from a client who experienced a data breach, you and the client could decide upon a settlement out of court that would amend the damages they experienced. Purple check mark Court-ordered judgments If a client accuses you of being responsible for a data breach at their business and sues your company, you may be legally obligated to pay for damages from any judgments in the lawsuit.

Cyber liability insurance serves as a digital superhero, swooping in to protect businesses from the chaos of data breaches and cyberattacks. It comes in two flavors: first-party coverage, defending against internal cyber risks, and third-party coverage, shielding against external threats, particularly for businesses handling client cybersecurity.

First-Party Cyber Liability Insurance: This digital knight in shining armor, also known as data breach insurance, stands guard over your business, especially if it deals with personally identifiable information (PII). Here’s a breakdown of what it covers:

  • Data Breach Response Costs: State laws demand action when a data breach occurs. Cyber insurance steps in to cover expenses related to investigations, customer notifications, credit monitoring, and fines for Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance.
  • Business Interruption Expenses: When a cyber incident disrupts your operations, cyber insurance helps with expenses like hiring extra staff, renting equipment, and even acquiring third-party services such as public relations or crisis management.
  • Ransomware Payments: If a hacker holds your information hostage, cyber liability insurance can provide the necessary funds to meet cyber extortion demands.

Third-Party Cyber Insurance Coverage: For businesses playing the role of digital guardians for clients, third-party cyber liability insurance is the sidekick you need. This is crucial for tech businesses making software recommendations or safeguarding client networks. Here’s what it brings to the table:

  • Legal Defense Costs: If a client points a legal finger at your business for failing to prevent a data breach, cyber liability insurance covers attorney fees and other legal expenses for your defense.
  • Settlements: In the event of a lawsuit from a client affected by a data breach, you and the client can reach an out-of-court settlement to address the damages.
  • Court-Ordered Judgments: Should a client accuse your business of being responsible for their data breach, and legal action ensues, cyber liability insurance steps up to cover damages from any court-ordered judgments.

So, whether it’s defending against internal cyber chaos or external legal battles, cyber liability insurance is your digital guardian in the ever-evolving landscape of cyberspace.

By Gloria Turan

Call Cacciatore Insurance for your Cyber Liability Insurance needs at 312-264-6055

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