Cyber Liability Insurance
For years, security professionals have been saying “either you have been data breached or you just do not know that you have been data breached.” Data breaches are now a fact of life together with taxes and death, but how can businesses better manage the risks related to a data breach and reduce the significant cost that can result from them?
Cyber Liability Insurance (CLI) has been most successfully used as a risk transfer option in those countries that have mandatory data breach notification laws. For example the United States, where 46 of the 50 states have mandatory requirements for data breach notification. Mandatory data breach notification regulations are in part a driver for Cyber Liability Insurance as the costs of notifying affected users can be extremely high.
As the expense of dealing with a breach gets higher – and the cost of dealing with mandatory notification is added – the option of using CLI will become more attractive for many businesses, in much the same way that existing business insurance policies for fire, flood and theft are a vital itinerary in the risk management toolkit.