Business owners across the country are learning the hard way that computer security and data breaches are affecting companies of all sizes from many different industries. Online malware (Trojans, worms, and viruses), spam, phishing, or lost equipment may present different types of risks and liabilities that are not covered under the Commercial General Liability policy. The number of cyber-attacks has increased by 42 percent in the last year, and most businesses never fully recover after becoming victims of a breach. Many business owners think it could never happen to them, but industry experts agree: it is not a matter of if, but when. It only takes one virus, one stolen laptop, one hacker, or even one lost paper record for sensitive data to be compromised.
WHY FOCUS ON CYBER INSURANCE?
- Expansion and ubiquity of technology
- Regulatory requirements after a breach
- Financial impact of a data breach
- Most General Liability policies provide no coverage