Defining Cyber Attack Liability

The risks of cyber liability are evolving rapidly, with new risks emerging as technology advances and new regulations are put in place. Therefore, it becomes increasingly necessary to define the domain of these risks and how to handle them. However, attribution of liabilities is an uncertain task and needs a curated approach. Read our latest blog to gain insights on how to define cyber liability risks!
November 1st 2022.

Large businesses have been the target of an increasing number of expensive computer hacking assaults in recent years. However, there are also computer liability problems for smaller businesses. Almost every company makes use of information technology (IT) in some fashion, whether it's for email communication, offering information or services through a website, storing and using consumer data, or another purpose. If sensitive data is compromised, your company may be held responsible. This liability extends not just to hacking assaults but also lost or stolen laptops or smartphones.

Cyber liability risks are continually changing, with new hazards appearing as technology develops and new laws are put in place. Insurance experts today believe that the danger of cyber liability losses outweighs the risk of theft or fraud. Your company can take numerous actions to reduce risks in this unstable climate, such as buying cyber liability insurance.

Attribution of cyberattacks is not an easy task. We have observed a growing trend in nation-states' willingness to increase their use of harmful hacking to further their strategic objectives.

However, the distinctions between such actors and stateless cybercrime groups are becoming hazier, making it difficult to pinpoint the source of many attacks. It has been challenging for insurers to understand and manage risk in the face of nation-state attackers/advanced persistent threats, particularly because of a lack of measurable insight into their clients' cybersecurity defences.

The costs of reaction and remediation can be high if your computer systems are breached or if customer, employee, or partner data is lost, stolen, or compromised in any other way. Here are some ways your organisation might be put into a vulnerable position:

· Liability— Customers and other third parties may hold you responsible for any costs they incur as a result of a cyberattack or other IT-related issues.

· System recovery— Costly repairs or replacements for computer systems or lost data may be necessary. Additionally, if your system is down, your business might not be able to continue operating, which would result in additional losses.

· Notification expenses—If your company keeps customer data, you may need to notify your clients if a data breach has happened or is even merely suspected. This can be very expensive, particularly if you have a lot of consumers.

· Regulatory fines— Businesses and organisations are required to protect customer data by a number of federal and state rules. If a data breach happens as a result of your company's inability to comply with regulations, you could face heavy fines.

· Class action lawsuits— Class action lawsuits have been brought on behalf of customers whose data and privacy were compromised due to significant data breaches.

The method through which insurance firms determine risk is driven by numerous factors than just a lack of knowledge about hack attribution. The lack of visibility into the security posture of their policyholders is another contributing factor. Far too few of these individuals can comprehend or estimate their own risk by responding to inquiries like What vulnerabilities do we have, and how may they be exploited? Which vulnerabilities, and how many of them, have we found and fixed? How quickly do we correct problems, and how does that compare to industry standards? (And so forth) Without that insight, it is very challenging for the CISO to increase security posture measurably.

Since computer technology is constantly evolving, there is no foolproof method of safeguarding digital data and computer systems. Furthermore, formerly thought to be highly secure technologies may turn out to be weak at some point in the future. Therefore, carefully assessing your cyberattack liabilities is essential.

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