Is your practice prepared to confront today’s growing cybersecurity threats?
Although adopting the latest technologies and industry trends is undoubtedly crucial, it is equally important to ensure that your practice has the best cyber liability insurance. Think of it as an invisible shield protecting your practice from devastating losses. However, to harness its full potential and ensure robust protection, it is critical to have a nuanced understanding of it.
In this blog, we’ll delve into the key considerations when shopping for cyber liability insurance. But before we do that, let’s first understand the difference between first-party coverage and third-party coverage.
First-party coverage vs. third-party coverage
Every practice today needs cyber liability insurance. To help practices quickly respond and recover from data breaches, insurance providers have developed two types of cyber liability insurance – first-party coverage and third-party coverage.
Here’s how they differ:
1. Focus of coverage
• Shields the insured practice
• Protects against direct losses and expenses resulting from a data breach
• Focuses on liabilities from third parties
• Covers claims made by third parties who suffered losses because of the insured practice’s cyber incident
2. Costs covered
• Covers only the insured’s direct costs
• Pays for revenue loss, forensic investigations, data restoration, public relations and customer notification services
• Pays for practices’ legal expenses
• Covers cyber-related liabilities, such as data breaches, privacy violations and defamation
3. Reputation management
• Pays for expenses related to hiring public relations firms
• Aims to restore the brand image of a practice after a cyber incident
• Primarily focused on handling the legal aspects
• More concerned with defending against claims and settling third-party disputes
4. Beneficiaries of coverage
• Directly benefits the insurer
• Provides direct protection to the insured party against direct losses
• Benefits third parties, such as a practice’s customers, clients and practice partners
• Provides direct protection to those affected by a data breach suffered by the insured practice
Key things to consider while shopping for a policy
Here are some key points to consider when shopping for a cyber liability insurance policy:
Comprehensive coverage is key to reducing the impact of a cyber incident. Your practice can become the victim of a data breach or a large-scale cyberattack at any time. That’s why it’s crucial to ensure that the policy addresses cyber-risks specific to your practice.
Evaluate the policy to understand the coverage limits. The policy that you finalize should be able to
handle the potential costs associated with a cyberattack, including legal fees, data recovery and practice interruption expenses.
Study the policy outlines to understand what is excluded. Any limitations in your policy can make your practice vulnerable. That’s why it’s crucial to know what is not covered by your insurance.
Make sure that the policy has provisions for developing and implementing a cyber incident response plan tailored to suit your practice. Without a well-defined response plan, you won’t be able to effectively respond to a cyber incident.
Before finalizing a policy, compare and cross-check various policies, especially their costs and unique offerings. Although opting for the most affordable option can be tempting, it is crucial to ensure that the coverage you choose is best suited for your practice needs.
It is also important to do your due diligence and research the insurance company’s reputation. Look for an insurer with a good reputation and positive customer feedback. Choose a company that settles claims promptly, as that is a reliable indicator of the level of support you can expect when you need it.
Build a resilient future
Finding the right cyber liability insurance coverage for your practice can be daunting. However, it can be even more challenging to get a payout when you need it the most. That’s where a dedicated IT service provider like us comes in.
We can help you improve your chances of securing coverage. Reach out today, and let’s build a resilient future together.