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Cyber Insurance - is it worth it?

In today's digital age, where businesses rely heavily on computer systems and online transactions, the threat of cyber-attacks are far greater. Data breaches, ransomware attacks, and other malicious cyber activities can cause devastating effect on your business’ operations, finances, and reputation. In the face of such risks, the question arises: is cyber insurance worth it?

A recent survey conducted by Aviva1 in partnership with YouGov revealed alarming statistics: 1 in 5 UK businesses has fallen victim to a cyber-attack in the past year, while 57% of businesses consider cybersecurity as one of their primary concerns. Despite this, only 51% of businesses express confidence in their ability to respond effectively to cyber threats. These findings confirm the importance of keeping businesses properly protected from data breaches and cyber-attacks.

If you’re wondering whether your business needs cyber insurance – here are some key questions to ask yourself that might help you decide.

What happens if your systems are compromised?

Imagine walking into work one morning only to find the entire computer systems is down. The nightmare scenario unfolds you're unable to place orders, track shipments, or communicate with customers and clients. Integrated systems go offline, rendering you incapable of processing payments to suppliers and eventually your staff.

This is where a cyber insurance policy steps in, providing experts to help restore your systems, cover loss of income, and mitigate the financial fallout. If your business relies heavily on its computer systems, a cyber insurance policy becomes more than just a safety net—it's a lifeline.

Who would you call in the event of a hack?

Many businesses lack an incident response plan to deal with cyber-attacks. While it may be tempting to rely on your IT provider, their role typically involves setting up networks rather than providing round-the-clock support for emergencies. A cyber insurance policy fills this gap by offering access to an incident response team equipped to handle various aspects of a cyber-attack. From technical IT response to ransom negotiation, legal counsel, and crisis management, these experts coordinate a comprehensive response strategy tailored to your needs.

What types of data do you hold?

If your business handles sensitive personal data, protecting it is not just a priority but a legal obligation. A cyber insurance policy can assist in responding to regulators in the event of a data breach, mitigating potential fines under regulations like GDPR, and addressing claims from affected individuals. Beyond regulatory compliance, such a policy helps shield your business from reputational damage and financial losses associated with data breaches.

Are your staff vulnerable to fraudsters?

One of the most significant vulnerabilities in any system is often the people who operate it. Cyber criminals exploit human weaknesses, whether through sophisticated hacking techniques or simple social engineering tactics. From phishing emails to fraudulent calls, employees may unwittingly become part for cyber-attacks.

 A cyber insurance policy can provide training, resources, and support to educate staff on cybersecurity best practices, reducing the risk of human error and enhancing overall security posture.

The consequences of a cyber-attack can be devastating, ranging from financial losses to reputational damage and legal liabilities. By investing in a comprehensive cyber insurance policy, businesses can proactively manage and mitigate these risks, ensuring continuity of operations and peace of mind.

Partnering with experts for comprehensive protection

At Sutton Winson, we understand the evolving landscape of cyber risks and the challenges businesses face in safeguarding their digital assets. With our wealth of expertise and experience, we can guide you through the complexities of cyber insurance, helping you understand your exposures and available coverage options.

For more information about how cyber insurance can help protect your business, reach out to our experts today. Call us at 0330 008 555 or email


1 |  6th December 2023


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