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

Front Row Insurance’s Hackinsure provides protection against a range of online hazards – peace of mind is available online in five minutes with no need to talk to a broker.

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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Cyber Security Insurance

Posted by David McLeish on Nov 22, 2018 10:15:20 AM

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IS YOUR SMALL BUSINESS DATA SECURE? DON’T WAIT TO FIND OUT.

On the back of several high-profile data breaches in recent years, Cybersecurity is increasingly top of mind for executives as well as customers. Hackers are targeting organizations of all sizes with increasing sophistication and persistence. As the risk grows, what is being done?

Experts Say: Not Enough.

Criminal networks are devoting an increasing proportion of their time and attention to Cybercrime because it’s easier and more lucrative than more traditional types of crime, and harder to get caught. Worryingly, businesses seem to be inclined to take a reactive rather than proactive approach.

While 99.8% of Canadian companies fall into the category of small or medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and 43% of Cyberattacks specifically target them, 90% do not have cyber insurance. Costs per incident run from the tens of thousands of dollars in smaller companies, to millions for larger, better-known organizations. Recent research into the topic of Cybersecurity has highlighted the need for improved focus on personnel training and specialized IT staff.

Small businesses spend comparatively less on Cybersecurity, and the impact of Cybercrime on them tends to be more severe when it does happen: many small businesses which have been hacked go out of business shortly after (estimated at 60%) because they are simply unable to deal with the financial and reputational cost.

Typically, an organization’s Cybersecurity budget is a proportion of their IT budget (often around 10%). Most organizations spend more on Cybersecurity after an attack, but mostly on technology such as firewalls and anti-malware software rather than personnel training and governance. Larger organizations seem to take the problem more seriously, but they also tend to be more frequent targets of attacks due to the bigger payoff.

While important, technological safeguards do not address the entire spectrum of cyber risk. Phishing attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and tend to target front-line employees who may be unprepared if they have not received appropriate Cybersecurity training. Employee access to data is itself a risk that organizations need to actively manage: for example, a USB flash drive left in the open with sensitive data on it can present a golden opportunity to the unscrupulous.

Failure to safeguard against Cyberattacks can injure more than just a company’s financial position; the very survival of an organization can be threatened. A successful Cybersecurity strategy will involve adequate spending on training, governance and internal processes to reduce risk as well as technology, and a comprehensive insurance plan to address risks which cannot be adequately reduced or managed.

What Can Be Done?

Front Row Insurance offers a solution called Hackinsure which is designed to provide additional protection for your business against emerging threats in the area of Cybersecurity.

Hackinsure includes:

  1. Third-party cyber liability, which put simply covers you against lawsuits from third parties due to a Cyberattack on your business,
  2. First-party cyber liability, which covers the cost of actions taken to “make right” a Cyberattack for your customers—things such as notifying clients, purchasing credit monitoring services for affected parties, and PR efforts related to the attack.
  3. Data Breach coverage, which protects against destruction or loss of digital data resulting from a criminal or fraudulent cyber event.
  4. Extortion & Ransomware, which covers costs associated with investigating threats of Cyberattack, and payments to those who threaten to obtain and disclose sensitive information.
  5. Business Interruption: Provides coverage for lost income which is due to a Cyberattack or data loss event.

In this technological age, no business is immune to Cybersecurity risks, and the costs of a breach can be crippling. Hackinsure policies from Front Row begin at $300. Contact us today.

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cyber crime insurance for non-profits

Posted by David Hamilton on Nov 12, 2018 5:36:15 PM

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Information Superhighway Robbery? It Pays to be Prepared.

The Internet may be the Wild West, but these days criminals don’t arrive on horseback and tell you to stick ‘em up; it’s more likely that your vulnerable systems containing customer payment data or money will be their target. Why? Because for criminals, they’re easier to hit, the risk of detection is lower, and potential profits are much higher. Thieves can grab your money or customer data and ride off into the sunset before anyone even knows anything’s happened. What’s worse, a data breach or cyberattack can potentially have ramifications that extend far beyond simple economic loss: loss of reputation, inability to continue operations, and identity theft. As a non-profit, you may feel that your organization is not a target for cybercrime, but charitable institutions are no less exposed to these most modern of risks than any other type of organization. Here are some things to consider.

  • “Our website is not commercial.” Even if you’re not set up to take donations or collect membership dues online, you may still have exposures to risk. For example, many organizations do their own web design or have it done by volunteers. Images and music inadvertently used without permission can give rise to claims of copyright infringement. Due to their often unsupervised nature, discussions on chat rooms and message boards can result in controversy which can result in claims for personal injury and defamation of character. Typical general liability policies available from commercial insurers do not cover these sorts of risks, so even if your organization already has a commercial policy, you may not be protected.
  • “We don’t keep sensitive client data.” In fact, organizations often fail to recognize what data truly qualifies as sensitive (it’s broader than you think). Identity thieves are very interested in gaining access to client information such as phone numbers, email addresses, driver’s license information—in short, much of the same data that charitable organizations have on file.
  • “We only store our data in paper files.” Obviously, paper files can still be stolen. While there is specialized coverage available out there, most commonly available insurance policies don’t automatically cover data loss or loss of important papers.
  • “Our computers are only used for email.” Generally, what hackers are looking for when assessing a potential target is twofold: the vulnerability of the target and the potential payoff of a successful attack. Any point of entry into the organization’s computer system is a potential vulnerability, and one of the easiest points of entry is email. These “Phishing” attacks attempt to gain access to secure systems by impersonating trusted third parties in email messages and tricking employees into divulging passwords or other sensitive data in their reply. Phishing attacks have a high rate of success because the target, the front-line employee, may not have had cybersecurity training, may not recognize a specific communication as a phishing attack even when it is, and may not know how to adequately deal with the threat in time even in the event that they are able to recognize it. Municipalities are often targeted by these sorts of attacks.
  • “We have no website or social media.” Even if your organization has no digital footprint, there are still vulnerabilities. An employee or volunteer might open a malicious email attachment, or visit an infected website accidentally. It’s not unusual for organizations to be hit with “ransomware” attacks which lock down affected computers. Thieves then demand a specific sum in exchange for unlocking them, or threaten to release damaging information if the money is not paid.
  • “We’re too small. They wouldn’t be interested in us.” In fact, hackers tend to have an array of potential targets in mind, which they choose based on a number of factors—for example, the target’s level of preparedness, size, potential payoff, and geographic location. Large, well-known organizations may promise a bigger potential score, but as they also tend to train employees better and have more sophisticated systems in place to protect themselves, they pose a harder target. A hacker might want to add a string of low-risk, reliable scores from smaller organizations such as yours to diversify their portfolio (so to speak).

As we’ve attempted to show, all organizations which use digital technology or handle customer data can be vulnerable to cybercrime.

Our Hackinsure policy offers protection against emerging cyberthreats, with a basic policy starting at $300 looking something like this (higher limits are available).

If you think your organization might benefit from the extra peace of mind offered by Hackinsure, Please contact us.

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Planning a Garden Show? You need garden event insurance.

Posted by David McLeish on Aug 20, 2018 2:43:22 PM

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Planning a Gardening Show? Protect yourself with Event Insurance

Planning an annual flower show, competition, plant sale, or garden tour? You should consider getting Garden Show Special Event Insurance. Gardeners know better than anyone that events can be unpredictable. Disasters strike even the most careful and diligent gardeners. That’s where insurance comes in. Having the right Garden Show insurance policy protects you from those unforeseeable dangers and gives you peace of mind—not quite the blissful serenity of a well-tended garden, but close enough!

Opening your garden to the public or hosting an event brings its own set of challenges, which is why most rental venues will require you to carry Event Insurance. Often, this will be stated explicitly in the rental contract, including the liability amounts required. Garden venues want to be protected in case your guests damage property or someone is injured at your event and tries to sue. If you are renting equipment, like a sound system, tent, or a marquee, you will also want coverage in case that property is damaged.

If your organization is hosting a garden event at a private residence, the homeowner’s policy likely will not provide adequate insurance. Parties of a certain size may be excluded. Your organization will need to have Event Insurance in place in the unlikely event that a guest is injured. That stone walkway or water feature might look lovely, but it could also be a tripping hazard!

One day garden event insurance is inexpensive and available online with no need to talk to a broker. Policies start at $130 and at no additional cost certificates can be provided to your gardening show venue that prove you are protected.

A quote is also free, fast, and available any time of the day or night. Click here to get started.

 

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Topics: event insurance, Cyber Insurance, short term liability insurance, short term venue insurance, holiday liability insurance

New Mandatory Data Breach Law: Get Protected with Cyber Insurance

Posted by Lynne Godfroy on Aug 15, 2018 4:39:11 PM

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What does the new federal mandatory data breach notification law mean for your small business?

The new law, The Digital Privacy Act, went into effect on Nov 1, 2018, and applies to all businesses that hold identifying information of employees, customers, members, or vendors. In the case of a breach, business owners are required to notify the affected individuals as well as the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. It’s easy to think that these risks and responsibilities only apply to large businesses, but in fact ‘personal information’ can include something as small as an email address as well as credit card details. As the skills of hackers have grown, it’s become an important part of business management to understand and mitigate the risks in the digital world, no matter the size of the company.

Research shows that roughly 30% of small businesses have been targeted by hackers because their online security is often not as robust as that of a large corporation.  Apart from reputational damage, which can ruin small businesses, there can be significant costs associated with fixing the breach after legal bills are paid, IT professionals hired, and staff time accounted for as they divert from their normal duties to attend to the crisis.

What can a small business owner do to protect his/her business from cyber hackers? Front Row Insurance Brokers provides cheap online cyber insurance coverage that protects against hacking, theft, fraud, business interruption, and legal, technical, or forensic services. Hackinsure starts from only $300 annually and takes about 5 minutes to get your policy.

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Transfer Cyber Risk to Cyber Attack Insurance

Posted by David Hamilton on Jul 31, 2018 3:32:07 PM

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As noted in the media in recent years, cyber attacks have become an increased threat to the cyber security of a business. 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.

Fortunately, there is a way that you can protect yourself against cyber crime by purchasing Cyber Insurance otherwise known as Data Breach Insurance. Front Row Insurance has recently launched a new product called Hackinsure.

Hackinsure offers the following cyber security protection:

  • Comprehensive Cyber Liability: Combines third-party cyber-liability (your customers/clients) and first-party (you and your business) and cyber crime expense.
  • Theft and Fraud: Data breach coverage. Protects against destruction or loss of digital data resulting from a criminal or fraudulent cyber event.
  • Business Interruption: Covers lost income and related costs when unable to operate due to a cyber security 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 or forensic services necessary to assess whether a cyber-attack has occurred, to assess the impact of the attack and to stop an attack.

Coverage starts at $300 for the year, but you can save $50 by using the following coupon code: DICEHACK$50.

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A basic policy would include the following options, with higher limits available:

COVERAGES LIMIT DEDUCTIBLE
Cyber Incident Response Limit $100,000 $1,000
Cyber, Privacy & Network Security Liability $100,000 $1,000
Regulatory Proceeding $100,000 $1,000
Non Panel Response Provider $10,000 $1,000
Business Interruption Loss & Extra Expense $10,000 $1,000
Contingent Business Interruption Loss & Extra Expense $5,000 $1,000
Network Extortion $10,000 $1,000
Digital Data Recovery $10,000 $1,000
Payment Card Loss $100,000 $1,000

Coverage can be purchased online through our website at http://hackinsure.frontrowinsurance.com/. If you have any questions regarding the coverage, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that provides cyber insurance for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row ensures that business rental insurance client receives the money they are owed per the office insurance policy, as quickly as possible. Front Row has offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.

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Hack Insurance: It's not just for big businesses

Posted by Meghan Stickney on Jul 27, 2018 3:47:05 PM

Worried about a cyber attack? Here’s what you need to know.

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There’s been a lot of buzz in the news lately about cyber attacks on big banks and corporations. Cyber attacks are a topic of concern not only for big businesses, and their customers, but also for the many small and mid sized businesses that make up the fabric of our economy in Canada. In fact, 43% of all cyber attacks happen against small businesses, which means more Canadian consumers are at risk now than ever for having their security compromised by hackers. Also, because small businesses tend to allocate less budget and resources to privacy and security systems, they are the ideal target for hackers.

So, where does this leave your business? Well, for starters, you’ll want to ensure you’re protected against the costs and risks associated with a possible cyber attack. Front Row has recently launched an online Hack Insurance product, the first of its kind in Canada, to address this exact need. You can obtain coverage online starting at $300.00. And, like all of Front Row’s online products, you’ll be fully insured within a couple of minutes with no need for any meetings, paperwork, or hassle.

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 hack 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.

If you’re looking for tips or advice on Hack Insurance, or any other insurance needs, our team is always available to chat! You can connect with us on Facebook, Instagram or give us a call at the office nearest you!

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Movie Theatre Cinema Insurance: Protection for Owners

Posted by David Hamilton on Jul 26, 2018 2:35:01 PM

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Proper movie theatre insurance allows you to transfer the risks of operating a cinema so you can focus on marketing and growing your business.

Do You Need Movie Theatre Insurance?

Yes: Film house insurance allows you to obtain financing at the bank and it helps you avoid bankruptcy caused by accidents in your theater. These are some examples of repairs and lawsuits that can happen:

  • A yoga instructor slips on spilled drink in the dark and blows out a knee and sues for loss of future earnings.
  • Customer gets sick after ordering at the concession and blames food for lost wages.
  • Bathrooms are vandalized causing a flood.
  • Promotional displays are knocked over and the distributor demands payment to replace.
  • The building burns to the ground or is damaged in an earthquake.
  • Digital projector breaks down causing business interruption until a repair or replacement occurs.

What Does Movie Theatre Insurance Cover?

A basic movie house insurance policy should include compensation for damage to your building or furnishings, as well as your responsibility any customers that are injured visiting your property.

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You likely need protection for:

  • Commercial theater property coverage: This covers the building and contents, such as: desktops and other office equipment, cash machines, digital projectors, screens, seating, etc.
  • Business interruption coverage: This protects against lost business income and pays for on-going operating expenses if you need to shut down.
  • Commercial theatre general liability coverage: This pays for bodily injury and property damage due to your negligence (e.g., a guest falls down the stairs from the balcony and sues because the carpet was not glued down on one of the stairs)

At Front Row we can provide you with:

  • Liquor liability for venues : This is necessary if you sell alcoholic beverages at your movie theatre. It protects you in instances of bodily injury and property damage that result from selling or serving alcohol.
  • Online cyber coverage: To protect you if you are hacked and lose customer data. https://hackinsure.frontrowinsurance.com/
  • Short-term Venue Liability Insurance: If you do short term rentals at your theatre, you can direct your tenants to our online short term event insurance and short term venue insurance site where they can purchase special event insurance in 5 minutes and provide you with evidence of one day event insurance so that your theatre is protected.

How Much Does Movie Theatre Insurance Cost?

Depends on your revenue, number of screens, location, construction of your building, age of venue. Contact us for an estimate.

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About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that provides office movie theatre insurance for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row ensures that movie theatre insurance client receives the money they are owed per the office insurance policy, as quickly as possible. Front Row has offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.

 

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4 Ways to Prevent Cyber Attacks in the Creative Industry

Posted by Amanda C. Poole on Jul 19, 2018 3:48:42 PM

 

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Content creation companies such those involved in advertising & media, film production, graphic design or animation that operate without cyber security insurance are exposed to cyber-attacks.

Any company that produces creative content usually accepts and holds sensitive information for their clients. It could be: a film production company holding scripts from writers; ad agencies holding strategic plans to formulate an ad campaign; photographers holding secret marketing campaign ideas.

Consider the following:

  1. Educating your employees. All companies can take action by raising awareness through employee training. By teaching your employees: how to spot phishing email; how to properly dispose of sensitive information and having protocols to change passwords on a regular basis, the chance of preventing a cyber-attack is increased.
  2. Purchasing Cyber Security Insurance. Whether you are Sony Pictures or operating a small two person design studio, you are never going to be truly protected without cyber insurance. Sophisticated cyber hackers are now targeting small companies as bigger companies invest in better protections. 43% of all cyber attacks are now against small businesses.
  3. Being proactive. Business owners who are tuned into the ongoing cyber risks will always come out on top because they realize this is a growing exposure. 60% of small business that are hacked never recover and go out of business in 6 months after the cyber attack.
  4. Dealing with data. People don’t think they need cyber insurance because their data is backed up, on another server or encrypted. Unfortunately, anyone dealing with data has an exposure to cyber-attacks; this doesn’t ensure cyber security. 90% of all small business have no protocols in place to protect client data. Create a plan and follow it.

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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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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 and Halifax.

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Insurance Business Canada interviews Front Row Insurance

Posted by Amanda C. Poole on Jul 18, 2018 4:26:51 PM

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Front Row was interviewed by Insurance Business Canada as expert providers of online cyber insurance.

Spend less and protect your business against cyber risk with online cyber security insurance.

Front Row Insurance Brokers now offers a small or medium-business cyber insurance policy so you pay only for what your business needs. No overselling, and no losses is a “no-brainer”.

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Front Row Insurance offers solution to small business cyber conundrum

Originally printed by: Bethan Moorcraft July 18, 2018

Approximately 99.8% of Canadian companies are considered small or medium-sized businesses (SMBs), employing 64% of private sector workers in Canada. The impact of SMBs on the Canadian economy is huge, and yet many smaller businesses struggle to protect themselves adequately against financial loss.

The complex realm of cyber insurance is an area where small business understanding falls short. Statistics suggest about 43% of all cyberattacks target small businesses and yet 90% of small businesses do not have cyber insurance. This common coverage gap is a top-of-mind issue for insurers around the world, with many suggesting educational and awareness campaigns as the key fix.

But what if the cyber insurance products in the market are the real problem here? What if small business owners can’t identify a product that they think meets their needs, budget and service expectations?

Vancouver-based Front Row Insurance recently launched a cyber product aimed specifically at the small business owner. It’s a fully-automated online policy, written by Chubb, which is very low touch and has even lower limits. The starter limit is $100,000, which can be purchased at a premium of $300, and the maximum limit is $1 million. The policy can be obtained online in just two or three minutes.   

“If you look at a graphic designer that’s billing $50,000 a year from their home office, the difference between a cyber policy that costs $800 and one that costs $300 is really significant – it’s 1% of their income,” said David Hamilton, CEO and president at Front Row Insurance. “We found that really small businesses, with one to three people, understand the need for cyber coverage but don’t want to pay a lot for it. Our $300 starter premium is very palatable and provides what we feel is an excellent starter policy for small business proprietors in Canada.”

So far, responses to the policy, which launched in April, have been positive. It has drawn particular interest from younger gig economy workers who are looking to bypass intermediaries and conduct business at any time of day when they can grasp a few spare moments. The online solution includes step-by-step tips and explanation points to help customers through the buying process.

“Take the example of the graphic designer. The Graphic Designers of Canada association has around 3,700 members, every one of whom should have a cyber policy. Why? If you’re a graphic designer and you’re taking business material from a client in order to design a logo for them, and that material somehow gets exposed due to a cyber incident, your client may sue you for not protecting that material,” Hamilton explained.

If you take into account the fact that more than 50% of small businesses go out of business within six months of a cyberattack, suddenly the $300 premium for the sole graphic designer doesn’t seem like a bad investment, according to Hamilton.  

The Front Row cyber insurance policy could also be “the perfect solution” for brokers, according to Hamilton. Any broker can access the policy online and can surcharge it with a small fee. They don’t have to submit anything to an insurance carrier and they can transact business in less than 10 minutes.

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About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that provides office renters insurance for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row ensures that business rental insurance client receives the money they are owed per the office insurance policy, as quickly as possible. Front Row has offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.

By: Bethan Moorcraft July 18, 2018

 

 

Topics: Cyber Insurance