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Is your business prepared to confront today’s growing cybersecurity threats?

Although adopting the latest technologies and industry trends is undoubtedly crucial, it is equally important to ensure that your business has the best cyber liability insurance. Think of it as an invisible shield protecting your business from devastating losses. However, to harness its full potential and ensure robust protection, it is critical to have a nuanced understanding of it.

In this article, we’ll delve into the key considerations when shopping for cyber liability insurance. But before we do that, let’s first understand the difference between first-party coverage and third-party coverage.

First-party coverage vs. third-party coverage

Every business today needs cyber liability insurance. To help businesses quickly respond and recover from data breaches, insurance providers have developed two types of cyber liability insurance – first-party coverage and third-party coverage.

Here’s how they differ:

  1. Focus of coverage – First-party coverage shields the insured business and protects against direct losses and expenses resulting from a data breach. Third-party coverage focuses on liabilities from third parties and covers claims made by third parties who suffered losses because of the insured business’s cyber incident.
  2. Costs covered – First-party coverage covers only the insured’s direct costs. It pays for revenue loss, forensic investigations, data restoration, public relations and customer notification services. Whereas Third-party coverage pays for businesses’ legal expenses and covers cyber-related liabilities, such as data breaches, privacy violations and defamation.
  3. Reputation management – First-party coverage pays for expenses related to hiring public relations firms and aims to restore the brand image of a business after a cyber incident. Third-party coverage is primarily focused on handling the legal aspects and are more concerned with defending against claims and settling third-party disputes.
  4. Beneficiaries of coverage – First-party coverage directly benefits the insurer and provides direct protection to the insured party against direct losses. Third-party coverage benefits third parties, such as a business’s customers, clients and business partners. Third-party coverage also provides direct protection to those affected by a data breach suffered by the insured business.

Key things to consider while shopping for a policy

Here are some key points to consider when shopping for a cyber liability insurance policy:

Coverage

Comprehensive coverage is key to reducing the impact of a cyber incident. Your business can become the victim of a data breach or a large-scale cyberattack at any time. That’s why it’s crucial to ensure that the policy addresses cyber-risks specific to your business.

Limits

Evaluate the policy to understand the coverage limits. The policy that you finalize should be able to handle the potential costs associated with a cyberattack, including legal fees, data recovery and business interruption expenses.

Exclusions

Study the policy outlines to understand what is excluded. Any limitations in your policy can make your business vulnerable. That’s why it’s crucial to know what is not covered by your insurance.

Incident response

Make sure that the policy has provisions for developing and implementing a cyber incident response plan tailored to suit your business. Without a well-defined response plan, you won’t be able to effectively respond to a cyber incident.

Price

Before finalizing a policy, compare and cross-check various policies, especially their costs and unique offerings. Although opting for the most affordable option can be tempting, it is crucial to ensure that the coverage you choose is best suited for your business needs.

Reputation

It is also important to do your due diligence and research the insurance company’s reputation. Look for an insurer with a good reputation and positive customer feedback. Choose a company that settles claims promptly, as that is a reliable indicator of the level of support you can expect when you need it.

Build a resilient future

Finding the right cyber liability insurance coverage for your business can be daunting. Consistent review of your cyber insurance policy is crucial. Align it with evolving business needs and changing cyber risk landscapes. This step allows necessary adjustments to coverage, endorsements or additional coverages matching your risk profile. Also check out our infographic on the top reasons that claims are denied.

We can help you improve your chances of securing coverage. Reach out today, and let’s build a resilient future together.