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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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 per cent 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 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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