Online Cyber Insurance for Canadian Small Businesses

Posted by Mike Groner on Nov 28, 2018 11:06:56 AM

WHAT IS CYBER LIABILITY?

Cyber liability insurance goes by many names these days: CyberInsurance; Cyber Security, Cyber Risk, Hack Insurance and others. However, the intent of all of these polices remains the same. A Cyber-insurance policy is an insurance product used to protect your business for data breaches on your computers that exposes your client’s information.

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WHAT DOES A CYBER LIABILITY INSURANCE POLICY COVER? 

  • Comprehensive Cyber Liability: Combines third-party (your customers/clients) cyber liability and first-party (you and your business) cyber crime expense coverage in one form.
  • Theft and Fraud: Covers destruction or loss of digital data resulting from a criminal  cyber event.
  • Business Interruption: Covers lost income and related costs when unable to operate due to a cyber event or data loss
  • Extortion & Ransomware: Provides coverage for costs associated with investigating threats to commit cyber attacks and payments to those who threaten to obtain and disclose sensitive information
  • Forensic Investigation: Covers the legal, technical and forensic services necessary to assess whether a cyber-attack has occurred, to assess the impact of the attack and to stop the attack
  • Extortion: Provides coverage for the costs associated with the investigation of threats to commit cyber attacks against the policyholder’s systems and for payments to extortionists who threaten to obtain and disclose sensitive information.

CAN MY BUSINESS AFFORD CYBER INSURANCE?

While the most prominent cases report have been attacks against large companies such as Target, Sony and Home Depot; in fact, 43% of attacks are occurring against small businesses. Of the small businesses attacked, 60% never recover after a hack and go out of business within 6 months because of a lack of cyber security.  Starting from just $300. Annually,  with limit options up to $1,000,000.Cyber Liability for Small Business

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TYPES OF CYBER CRIME:

  • Phishing – obtaining valuable information such as a credit card details or passwords by posing as a trustworthy company (e.g., a supplier) via email.
  • Ransomware – When a company’s computer system is infiltrated by a malicious program that encrypts its files and demands a ransom (typically in bitcoin) to return the data.
  • Social Engineering – Criminals impersonate an executive of a company in an email in order to obtain a money transfer or sensitive data from an unsuspecting employee. These emails are often targeted to junior employees, who may be more susceptible due to lack of training or fear of not responding to the senior executive who was impersonated.

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WHAT ARE SOME WAYS TO SAFEGUARD AGAINST A CYBER ATTACK?

Now more than ever, it’s important you protect yourself in every possible way. Here are a few additional tips we share with all of our clients, to help guard against the risk of a cyber attack:

  • Developing a password strategy: Using the same password across multiple devices and accounts is the easiest way to compromise security. Once a hacker gets their hands on a password, they can easily use it to compromise employee information as well as customer data, turning a single password breach into millions of dollars in damage.
  • Avoiding collecting or storing payment information: Outsource payment processing and avoid collecting customer payment information such as credit card info on your own. Dedicated security staff have the resources and tools to protect data better than you can.
  • Educating your employees: It might seem like common sense, but it’s not always. Develop a written policy about security and privacy and make sure employees are on board and understand their responsibility to protect any confidential data. No business is “too small” for a hacker - the better prepared you are, the less at risk you are.
  • And, of course, purchasing Cyber Liability Insurance: 90% of small businesses do not currently have cyber insurance. You need to know that your business will be protected against any security breaches. Our new product provides this protection. You can get insured online in a couple of minutes by clicking here.

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About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that provides cyber and office insurance for the lowest possible cost in addition to arranging custom policies for the entertainment industry. Should a claim occur, Front Row ensures that their clients receive the money they are owed per the insurance policy, as quickly as possible. Front Row has offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal,  Halifax, Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, and Colorado

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