The Beginner’s Guide to Cyber Liability Insurance for Business

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone in one way or another. If there is one category that most benefited from the pandemic, it’s cyber criminals. That’s why cyber crime has shot up by almost 300% since the start of the pandemic1 and that’s why you must adopt necessary measures to protect your business from malicious cyber players. One of these measures is to have Cyber Liability Insurance (CLI).

Cyber Liability Insurance (CLI) covers the financial loss that results from cyber events such as data breaches. However, it is not typically included within general liability insurance and must be purchased separately. Also, each company offering a policy has different coverage options available and exclusions included.

Why Invest in Cyber Liability Insurance?

Experts estimate that the damage inflicted by cyber crime will add up to about $6 trillion globally in 2021.2 That’s higher than the GDP of the world’s third-largest economy, Japan, which sits at $5.38 trillion.

These statistics stress why SMBs in particular must have cyber liability insurance:

  • Over 40% of cyber attacks target small businesses.3
  • Over 60% of SMBs have experienced a cyber attack in the past 12 months.4
  • Over 45% of SMBs say that their processes are ineffective at mitigating attacks.4

Having cyber liability insurance could be the difference between your business sinking or staying afloat after a security incident. Without it, the various expenses you might have to bear after an incident could financially harm your business in the short term or, in the worst case, result in permanent closure.

Here are a few expenses that a business would have to manage following a severe data breach incident:

  • Cost of downtime
  • Cost of investigation
  • Cost of recovering data
  • Cost of legal procedures
  • Cost of notifying stakeholders about the incident
  • Cost of restoring the personal identities of those affected

Good cyber liability insurance would usually cover these expenses. But always remember that before you commit to a policy, you must get clarity from your insurer about what they do and do not cover.

Does Your Business Need It?

Any venture with cyber exposure must consider having cyber liability insurance. However, if your business handles or stores sensitive information online, such as electronic protected health information (ePHI) or personally identifiable information (PII), cyber liability insurance should be your top priority.

Make sure your cyber liability insurance has the following essential coverage:

First-party coverage:

  • Network security and privacy liability
    Covers breach response costs like forensic investigations, public relations, credit monitoring, legal fees and fines/penalties.
  • Business interruption losses and extra expenses
    Covers lost revenue and added costs to continue business.
  • Digital data recovery and cyber extortion expenses
    Covers losses such as ransom paid due to ransomware.

Third-party coverage:

  • Cyber liability
    Covers claims of lawsuit expenses resulting from breaches in client systems or networks.
  • Media liability
    Covers claims of libel, copyright/trademark infringement, etc., resulting from media use.

Cyber crime coverage:

  • Covers losses from digital theft of money or securities and social engineering fraud.

Who Are the Top Cyber Liability Insurance Carriers?

Finding the right insurance provider is not easy. While most general insurance providers offer general liability coverage, they don’t always offer comprehensive cyber liability coverage. It is always ideal to choose an insurance provider rated ‘A’ or higher by the most reputable insurance rating agency.

The following insurance carriers are worth considering:

  • Chubb
  • AIG
  • Travelers
  • AXA XL
  • AmTrust Financial
  • Co-Operators

But remember, just committing to a policy is not enough. You will also have to track and measure compliance with the agreement to make sure your contract is always valid, and will therefore, pay out in the event of an issue.

Having the Right Partner By Your Side Simplifies This Process.

Whether you are looking to find a cyber liability insurance policy that is right for your business or trying to find and measure your policy’s compliance with insurance contracts, we are here to help.

Our team at ITNS Consulting can help you find the cyber liability insurance policy that’s right for your business. We can also work with you to ensure that your organization meets or exceeds your policy’s security compliance requirements. To learn more, schedule your free no-obligation consultation today.


  1. Entrepreneur
  2. Cybersecurity Ventures
  3. Cost of Cybercrime Study
  4. State of Cybersecurity Report

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