Cybercriminals LOVE Your Small Business
Here's how you can stop them
Times sure are different. Remember when the biggest security threat to a small business was a robbery? You took security measures to prevent break-ins and physical theft by implementing locks, cameras and alarm systems.
While that’s certainly smart to do, there’s a quickly evolving security threat you need to take action against: cyberattacks
Cybercrime by the Numbers
- 60% of Small businesses shut down within six months of a cyberattack. (U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance)
- Approximately 1 in 40 small businesses are at risk of a cyberattack. (Symantec)
- 62% of all cyberattacks are on small and mid-sized businesses. (IBM)
- In 2015, cyberattacks amounted to $1,070,711,522 in reported losses. (U.S. Department of Justice)
Types of Cyberattacks
Those statistics are scary, especially if you think about them in terms of your own business. Even scarier? The ever-growing variety of methods cyber criminals use to compromise your network and data. Here are some common ones:
- Computer attack
- Cyber extortion
- Data compromise
- Identity theft
The Big Picture
To further illustrate the severity of cybercrimes, Hartford Steam Boiler put together examples of different cyberattacks and their potential costs to your business.
Computer Attack/Data Compromise
An employee installed peer-to-peer file sharing software on a company computer. Identity thieves manipulated the software to access client records. After consulting with an attorney, the insured learned that he was obligated to notify his clients of the breach.
Total Cost of Computer System Remediation and Data Breach Notification: $70,000
While trying to balance the books, a business owner received a strange pop-up on his laptop. A ransomware virus locked the system until an extortion demand of $600 was paid. After consulting with the insurance carrier, the insured decided to pay the demand to unlock the system.
Total Cost of Extortion and System Remediation: $2,400
A burglar broke into an accountant’s office and stole a computer with clients’ tax records. The insured’s clients were in four states, and he needed assistance in meeting the various state law notification requirements. Clients were urged to contact their banks and place fraud alerts on their credit files.
Total Cost of notification and Services: $28,000
Insurance Coverage Matters
The smartest way to protect your business from these stressful, costly claims is by investing in cyber insurance coverage. While there are many different types of cyber insurance on the market, GuideOne offers a comprehensive solution for small businesses, Cyber Suite Coverage. Designed with you in mind, Cyber Suite provides comprehensive coverage in one package. Here’s a sampling of what’s included:
- Data Compromise Response Expense Coverage
- Computer Attack Coverage
- Cyber Extortion Coverage
- Data Compromise Liability Coverage
- Network Security Liability Coverage
- Identity Recovery Coverage
- Access to TechQ, a complimentary diagnostics service
- Access to eRiskHub®, a risk management portal
Be sure to ask your agent about the importance of cyber insurance. To learn more, contact us anytime.
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