Think your Cyber Insurance has you covered? Think again: how to ensure your business is protected
As businesses continue to rely more heavily on technology, cybercrime has become an increasingly real threat. In fact, according to recent studies, 60% of small businesses that suffer a cyber-attack go out of business within six months. It’s no wonder that cyber insurance has become more popular in recent years as companies try to mitigate the financial risk associated with cybercrime.
However, simply having cyber insurance in place isn’t enough to protect your business from the effects of a cyber-attack. In fact, according to Zurich CEO Mario Greco, cybercrime may soon become uninsurable altogether. This is because the rapidly changing nature of cyber threats makes it difficult for insurance providers to accurately assess the risk associated with cyber insurance policies.
So, if you do have cyber insurance, it’s important to make sure that you’re adequately protected and that you’ve done everything you can to reduce the risk of not getting paid out in the event of an attack. Here are some steps you can take to ensure that your business is as protected as possible:
Understand Your Policy
The first step in making sure you’re adequately protected is to fully understand your cyber insurance policy. Many business owners make the mistake of assuming that all cyber insurance policies are created equal, but this is far from the truth. In fact, there can be significant differences between policies, including what is covered, the scope of coverage, and the exclusions.
Before purchasing cyber insurance, take the time to thoroughly read and understand the policy. If there’s anything you’re unsure about, ask questions and seek clarification. It’s important to know exactly what your policy covers and what it doesn’t, as this will help you make informed decisions about your cybersecurity strategy.
Assess Your Cyber Risks
Once you understand your policy, you can start assessing your cyber risks. This involves identifying the various cyber threats your business faces and evaluating the potential impact of a successful attack.
Common cyber risks include:
- Phishing attacks
- Malware infections
- Ransomware attacks
- Data breaches
- Insider threats
- Third-party breaches
Once you’ve identified your risks, you can start developing a strategy to mitigate them. This may involve implementing security controls such as firewalls, antivirus software, and intrusion detection systems. It may also involve training your employees on how to recognize and avoid cyber threats.
Implement Security Controls
Implementing security controls is a critical step in reducing your cyber risk. This involves implementing various security measures designed to prevent cyber-attacks from succeeding.
These measures may include:
- Antivirus software
- Intrusion detection systems
- Multi-factor authentication
- Access controls
- Backup and recovery systems
It’s important to note that implementing security controls isn’t a one-time event. Cyber threats are constantly evolving, so your security controls need to be constantly updated to keep pace with the changing threat landscape.
Train Your Employees
Employees are often the weakest link in a company’s cybersecurity strategy. This is because many cyber-attacks are successful because an employee unknowingly clicks on a malicious link or opens a phishing email. To reduce this risk, it’s important to train your employees on how to recognise and avoid cyber threats.
Training should cover topics such as:
- Phishing emails
- Malware infections
- Password security
- Social engineering
- Mobile device security
- Regular training and refresher courses should be conducted to keep your employees up to date on the latest cyber threats and best practices.
Test Your Security
Finally, it’s important to regularly test your cybersecurity measures to ensure they’re effective. This involves conducting regular vulnerability assessments and penetration testing to identify weaknesses in your systems.
If vulnerabilities are found, they should be promptly remediated. Regular testing helps to ensure that your cybersecurity measures are effective and up to date, reducing your cyber risk and increasing your chances of receiving a pay-out from your insurance in the event of an attack.
So, How Can Dufeu Help?
Cyber insurance can provide valuable financial protection in the event of a cyber-attack. However, it’s important to understand that cyber insurance isn’t a substitute for a strong cybersecurity strategy. To ensure that you’re adequately protected and reduce the risk of not receiving a pay-out from your insurance, take the time to understand your policy, assess your cyber risks, implement security controls, train your employees, and regularly test your security measures.
At Dufeu IT Solutions, we understand the importance of protecting your business from cyber threats. We offer a range of cybersecurity services designed to help businesses reduce their cyber risk and ensure that they’re adequately protected. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you protect your business: