Over the past decade, cyber has become one of the hottest and most sought-after fields in the global technology and innovation industry. We hear today about more and more ransomware attacks, bots, or phishing, which try to break into computers, mobile phones, and systems, hoping to obtain valuable information. The assessment of many factors in the field says that cyber attacks will reach almost every business, company, and organization in the coming years, and the damages are expected to be large and amount to a billion dollars every year.
The new reality has led to the establishment of many companies in the field of information and cyber security, which work to help strengthen the defense layers of organizations, to help build a strategy and orderly models, which will help them improve their defense and minimize damage in the event of an attack.
However, it must be understood that cyber companies also operate in a difficult reality. The threats are growing and becoming more sophisticated, and on the other hand, the expectations from them and the risks they take in providing advanced information security services create quite a few exposures for them. To help those companies to minimize the risks of lawsuits and legal proceedings and to encourage their employees to do their work and provide them with optimal conditions, insurance for cyber companies was created.
What is Insurance for Cyber Companies?
Insurance for cyber companies includes a variety of policies that allow the company to protect itself and operate with peace of mind, and it includes:
Directors and Officers Liability Insurance
During the activity of the cyber companies, many times, the directors, and officers are required to make decisions during the company’s current business, which may expose them to lawsuits and legal proceedings and regulators, such as claims from investors or customers of the company, who may claim financial harm caused to them. The insurance helps them receive compensation for legal proceedings, regulatory investigations, compensation amounts they are forced to pay due to court rulings or as part of a settlement agreement, and more.
Yes, you will be surprised to hear that cyber companies also need to conduct cyber insurance, both as a contractual requirement but also in terms of their exposures, as those who are supposed to help prevent the various attacks. The insurance protects the company from third-party claims because of a cyber incident, for example, claims for information leakage. The insurance also protects the damages of the company itself because of a cyber incident (first party coverage): loss of income as a result of the incident, payment of a ransom, initial response team, payment of reporting expenses according to various privacy regulations, expenses for regulatory investigations and more.
Professional Liability Insurance
This gives cyber companies and their employees coverage if a lawsuit is filed against them alleging negligence in the provision of the professional services they provide.