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The Beginner's Guide to Cyber Liability Insurance

Cyber Liability Insurance

The pandemic has impacted everyone in one way or another. If there is one group of people that have benefited the most from the pandemic, it’s cybercriminals. Cybercrime has shot up by almost 300% since the start of the pandemic, and that’s why Cyber Liability Insurance (CLI) is a must for your organization.

Cyber Liability Insurance (CLI) covers the financial loss that results from cyber events such as data breaches.

However, cyber liability is not typically included within general liability insurance and must be purchased separately. Also, each company offering a policy has different coverage options available and exclusions included.

Why Invest in Cyber Liability Insurance?

Experts estimate that the damage inflicted by cybercrimes will add up to about $6 trillion globally in 2021. That’s higher than the GDP of the world’s third-largest economy, Japan, which sits at $5.38 trillion.

These statistics emphasize why organizations, particularly small-to-medium-sized organizations, must have cyber liability insurance:

  • Over 40% of cyberattacks target small businesses/organizations.
  • Over 60% of Server Message Blocks (SMBs) have experienced a cyberattack in the past 12 months.
  • Over 45% of SMBs say that their processes are ineffective at mitigating attacks.


Having cyber liability insurance could be the difference between your organization sinking or staying afloat after a security incident.

Without cyber liability insurance, the various expenses you might have to bear after an incident could financially harm your organization in the short term or, in the worst case, result in permanent closure.

Here are a few expenses that an organization would have to manage following a severe data breach incident:

  • Cost of downtime
  • Cost of investigation
  • Cost of recovering data
  • Cost of legal procedures
  • Cost of notifying stakeholders about the incident
  • Cost of restoring the personal identities of those affected

Good cyber liability insurance would usually cover these expenses. But always remember that before you commit to a policy, you must get clarity from your insurer about what they do and do not cover.

Does Your Organization Need Cyber Liability Insurance?

The short answer is yes! Any venture with cyber exposure must consider having cyber liability insurance. If your organization handles or stores sensitive information online, such as electronic protected health information (ePHI) or personally identifiable information (PII), cyber liability insurance should be your top priority.

Make sure your cyber liability insurance has the following essential coverages:

First-party coverage:

  • Network security and privacy liability: Covers breach response costs like forensic investigations, public relations, credit monitoring, legal fees and fines/penalties
  • Business interruption losses and extra expenses: Covers lost revenue and added costs to continue business
  • Digital data recovery and cyber extortion expenses: Covers losses such as ransom paid due to ransomware

Third-party coverage:

  • Cyber liability: Covers claims of lawsuit expenses resulting from breaches in client systems or networks
  • Media liability: Covers claims of libel, copyright/trademark infringement, etc., resulting from media use

Cybercrime coverage:

  • Covers losses from digital theft of money or securities and social engineering fraud

Guide to CLI

Finding the Right Carrier is Important

Finding the right cyber liability insurance provider is not easy. While most general insurance providers offer general liability coverage, they don’t always offer comprehensive cyber liability coverage. It is always ideal to choose an insurance provider rated ‘A’ or higher by the most reputable insurance rating agency.

But remember, just committing to a policy is not enough. You will also have to track/measure compliance with the agreement to make sure your contract is always valid, and will therefore, pay out in the event of an issue. Having the right partner by your side simplifies this process.                        

Let Us Take the Chaos Out of Compliance

Data Networks can help your organization comply with a cyber liability insurance policy that’s trusted by others in your industry. To learn how Managed Cybersecurity from Data Networks helps you demonstrate “due care” with your Cyber Liability Insurance requirements, contact us to continue the conversation!

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