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Specific Coverage Still Needed For D&O For Cyber Risks

The cyber market has evolved incredibly in a few short years. It’s been barely more than twenty years since the internet became a ubiquitous presence in the lives of most Americans. As cyberspace has grown, the risks attendant on cyberspace has grown as well. To meet the challenges of combining scope and risk, legislators and courts have had to move quickly to regulate this area and protect individuals from loss. At the same time, insurance companies have had to tailor policies to protect companies from the risks of doing business online.

Marriott's Cyber Breach Announcement Shows How Years Can Pass Without Even Large Businesses Noticing A Hack

It seems not a week goes by these days without news breaking of another massive data breach affecting hundreds of millions of people.  At the end of November 2018, Marriot, the global hotel chain, announced they had been hacked and the personal information of five hundred million preferred customers had been exposed to criminals. What’s worse, Marriott announced the original data breach occurred over four years ago, leaving people unknowingly at risk for identity theft during that time.

The Roller Coaster Ride That Is The Yahoo Breach

Within the context of cyber security, one most always discusses the subject in exponentials; Whether considering the number of breached records, the amount of damage, or the size of data leaks. What was groundbreaking three years ago in volume will seem quaint by the end of the year. A host of news stories regarding the 2013 and 2014 data breaches at Yahoo Inc. over the past few months have underlined this aspect of the conversation about cybersecurity. It serves as a stark reminder that companies need to keep an eye on their cyber risks and seriously consider purchasing cyber insurance if they have not done so already to survive this increasingly harsh ecosystem.

How Insurance Can Protect Your Business Against Man In The Middle Payment Schemes

Wire transfer fraud claims resulting from cyber attacks have increased dramatically over recent years, and companies are losing millions of dollars in these attacks. As is common when a new business risk develops, organizations look to their insurance policies to help cover their losses. As we have shared in previous examples, the coverage is not always adequate.

The extent of coverage for a company that has been a victimized may be sparse, and the costs of any breach are ongoing. Consequences of a fraudulent wire transfer depend not just on the specific wording in the policies a business has purchased, but as seen in the following instances, also being upheld differently in different states.

How An Indemnification Clause In A Contract Can Causes Problems For Your Business

Risk transfers are a vital aspect of any comprehensive risk management plan.  Theoretically, those in the best position to avoid a risk should always bear responsibility for the risk.  The real world does not work that way, unfortunately.  Oftentimes, larger companies and larger contractors use risk transfers to try and push liability “downhill” – onto the backs of smaller companies with less negotiating leverage.

Nuances In Types Of Scams Require Different Training And Different Cyber Insurance Coverage

Social engineering attacks continue to represent a significant attack vector on U.S. businesses.  The frequency and cost of these attacks keep increasing.  Businesses need to protect themselves or they could be facing large losses.  While people tend to view hackers as computer whizzes exploiting technical flaws in software code, the reality is that over 95% of attacks focus on exploiting human weaknesses, not technological ones.

Business Continue Embracing The Cloud Before Comprehensive Cyber Coverage Is Introduced

Ideally, most businesses would purchase cyber insurance coverage. This coverage can protect your company from the costs associated with data breaches, ransomware attacks, and other potential avenues of liability resulting from your cyber systems. However, as more and more companies move their operations to the cloud, significant questions arise as to how this impacts a company’s risks, exposures, and insurance.

Cyber insurance policies typically cover a range of damages that can be caused by a system breach. These expenses range from notification and defense costs to business interruption and data loss coverage, as well as a host of other types of damages. Because cyber insurance is not yet standardized, though, the types of damages that are covered can vary significantly from policy to policy- and from carrier to carrier.

Lawsuits: Adding To The Costs Of A Data Breach And Cyber Claims

Class action lawsuits present numerous challenges for both defendants and harmed parties.  The costs of such lawsuits and the situations in which lead plaintiffs bring them often mean the only ones that benefit from them are the attorneys on both sides of the aisle.  While legislators seek to remedy some aspects of class litigation, these suits continue to expand.  Recently, they have expanded into the area of cyber crimes and data breach litigation.

Cyber: What Data Loss Claims Look Like in 2018

 

Many businesses remain hesitant to purchase cyber insurance policies.  Studies show fewer than a third of a businesses within the United States have specific coverage for their cyber risks.  Yet losses resulting from those risks can easily reach catastrophic levels.  This has left underinsured companies searching for unique recovery theories under their traditional insurance policies when suffering the types of losses that cyber insurance would cover.

Your business probably has the same cybersecurity vulnerabilities that Equifax did when they were hacked

Your business probably has the same cybersecurity vulnerabilities that Equifax did when they were hacked.png

Another major data breach at an American company worth billions of dollars has served to heighten cyber security concerns in businesses of many sizes in many countries. Equifax announced in September 2017 that a massive theft of data from their system had occurred. The failures of Equifax's cybersecurity team resulted in hackers obtaining the personal information of over one hundred and forty-five million of the people whose credit history Equifax tracked.