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Cyber Liability & Data Breach Insurance

Cyber Insurance

What is Cyber Liability Insurance?

Risks extend beyond physical concerns like property damage in the realm of business operations; technology introduces its own set of challenges, from data breaches to hacking threats. Businesses commonly integrate cyber insurance into their risk management portfolio, as a way to counter these threats. 

In case of a breach, security lapse, illegal threat, or cyber attack, cyber insurance typically covers both first-party and third-party financial and reputational costs resulting from data or electronic system loss, damage, theft, or corruption.

What Does Cyber Liability Insurance Cover?

Cyber liability can be simply broken down into two primary categories: first-party coverage and third-party coverage.

For the directly affected business (first-party), coverage may include:

  • Investigating cybercrime incidents.

  • Litigation expenses

  • Recovering lost data after a security breach.

  • Restoring computer systems.

  • Regulatory defense expenses/fines

  • Managing reputation.

  • Handling extortion payments demanded by hackers.

  • Cyber terrorism or extortion.

  • Non-physical business interruption and extra expense.

Third party coverage (for claims made against you) may include:

  • Network Security and Privacy Liability

  • Employee Privacy Liability

  • Electronic Media Liability

Data Breach Insurance
Network Security Insurance

Are All Cyber Liability Policies the Same?

The terms cyber liability and data breach coverage are often used interchangeably.  However, it should be noted that there are some significant differences:​

  • Scope of Coverage:

    • Cyber Liability Insurance: Cyber liability insurance is broader and encompasses a range of cyber-related risks. It may cover not only data breaches but also other cyber-related incidents such as network security breaches, malware attacks, denial of service attacks, and more.

    • Data Breach Insurance: This type of insurance specifically focuses on covering the costs associated with a data breach. It helps businesses mitigate the financial impact of a breach by covering expenses such as notification costs, credit monitoring for affected individuals, public relations efforts, and legal fees.

  • Coverage Components:

    • Data Breach Insurance: Primarily focuses on the aftermath of a data breach, including the costs associated with notifying affected parties and managing the fallout.

    • Cyber Liability Insurance: Can include coverage for various aspects, such as first-party coverages (e.g., business interruption, data recovery costs) and third-party coverages (e.g., legal defense costs, liability for damages to others).

  • Risk Mitigation:

    • Data Breach Insurance: Primarily geared towards managing the specific risks associated with the compromise of sensitive data.

    • Cyber Liability Insurance: Provides a more comprehensive approach to managing various cyber risks that may go beyond data breaches.

  • Business Size and Complexity:

    • Data Breach Insurance: Often considered by businesses that want specific protection against data breaches, particularly those that deal with large volumes of sensitive customer information.

    • Cyber Liability Insurance: Suited for businesses of varying sizes and industries, providing a broader safety net against a range of cyber threats.

Maxam Assurance Agency will help you assess your needs and navigate the cyber liability products that work best for your circumstances.

Book a Free Cyber Liability Consultation Call

We offer a complimentary consultation call. This quick yet valuable session is designed to provide you with personalized insurance insights and guidance. During this brief chat, we'll discuss your insurance needs, address any questions or concerns you may have, and explore potential coverage options tailored to your unique circumstances.

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