It takes time, effort and resources to build a brand. But a cyber attack can put this and your reputation at risk if effective measures aren’t in place. This is the first of two articles discussing how businesses can place such measures. Part two explains How to Protect Your Business From a Data Breach.
This article outlines cyber crime’s challenges to small businesses, who should, as a result, consider a cyber insurance policy to protect its obligations and finances.
What’s The Point of Cyber Insurance?
The Financial Burden of Cyber Crimes
Big businesses, such as Target, Sony and Adobe have had their profits and consumer trust damaged by cyber attacks. But what about smaller businesses?
Small businesses make up 43% of all cyber crimes because they can’t afford to invest in security, making them easy targets. However, they can’t afford to recover from an attack either.
In 2017, the costs of recovering from a widespread phishing attack forced the closure of 22% of small businesses in Australia.
Learn more in 4 Ways To Protect Your Online Business From Phishing.
Small businesses need cheaper alternatives than investing in security or recovering from an attack. Otherwise, they’ll continue to close down from the financial burden of cyber crimes.
Businesses Have Obligations
A cyber attack can harm this relationship and penalise a business for not protecting user data. Bigger businesses can survive this, but smaller businesses are at more risk.
How Can Cyber Insurance Help?
Generally, cyber insurance covers losses from data breaches. However, policies can provide an incentive to implement security measures by way of reducing premiums.
Ideally, a comprehensive plan is desirable. But the cost of full coverage is too much for a small business. The high cost is due to the high financial risk of data breaches, although insurance companies have sought to accomodate small businesses by offering cheaper plans that exclude certain liabilities.
In effect, an insurance policy can be tailored to meet your business’ needs at the cost of less coverage. Therefore, you need to understand what’s covered by your cyber insurance policy and what isn’t. And you need to determine whether incurring extra costs are worth larger coverage.
It’s up to you to weigh up the costs of a cyber insurance policy against the possible losses of a data breach. Your business may be too valuable to risk the costs, penalites and breaches of trust associated with cyber attacks.
Cyber insurance is the most effective way to secure the longevity of your business, but it’s not the only way.
Part two of this series discusses How to Protect Your Business From a Data Breach.
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