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Having a cyber insurance can help minimise business disruption during a cyber incident and its aftermath, as well as potentially covering some of the financial cost dealing with the attack and recovering from it.

From a cyber perspective, only TWO types of companies exist: those that have been hacked and those that will be hacked.

The best solution for any cyber incident is preparation, both from an technology and risk transfer perspective.

Cyber Insurance – A Hard Reset by HOWDEN

The Cost of Cyber Attack

Research has shown that data breach costs tend to be linear; the more records comprised the greater the costs.



Advisen Special Report Sponsored by AIG, “An Anatomy of a Data Breach: Disaster - Avoiding a Cyber Catastrophe.” 2011

Expenses associated with a cyber attack include:

  • Detection, escalation, notification and response - A sophisticated attack by a hacker may take months to uncover, after which the full extent of the damage may not be known for several additional months.

  • Lost business - Business can be lost both as a result of customer attrition as well as difficulty in attracting new customers.

  • Fines and penalties

  • Damages - Individuals and businesses that claim to have been damaged as a result of a data breach often seek compensation.

  • Lost productivity - While difficult to quantify, lost productivity can be a very real cost of a data breach.

  • Additional audit and security requirements - Companies experiencing a data breach may deem it necessary to implement enhanced monitoring and auditing protocols.

  • Miscellaneous additional costs - Additional costs arising from a data breach can include legal fees, consultant fees and various settlement costs.

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