How Cyber Insurance Provides Peace-of-Mind
On June 17, in an online video the international group Anonymous allegedly claimed responsibility for a major cyber breach of Government of Canada computer servers.
Canadian Government Websites Hacked
The Globe and Mail reports that “over a couple of hours, the e-mail accounts of government employees stopped working and the Canadian government’s presence on the Internet temporarily disappeared. Dozens of websites for major federal departments were rendered inaccessible, from Industry, to Natural Resources, to Justice, to Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. It was the most high-profile cyber attack in this country since Chinese state-backed hackers broke into Canada’s premier scientific research agency last year.”1
Cyber Attack: A Growing Business Concern
While this recent attack appears to be politically motivated, hackers do not discriminate when it comes to stealing valuable business information. Social insurance numbers, credit card information and bank account details are just some of the prime targets for thieves who are looking to create false identities and commit other acts of fraud.
Related Matters: Cyber Risk Can Lead to Business Disruption
Hackers exploit weaknesses in corporate computer systems. Examples of cyber attacks on businesses include:
- A malicious code that renders your website unusable
- Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that make your website inaccessible to employees and customers
- Viruses, worms or other code that deletes critical information on business hard drives and other hardware
It is easy to see how a cyber attack has the potential to paralyze normal business operations. Unfortunately, many smaller organizations don’t have the human or financial resources to quickly detect and rectify the damage of a cyber attack, which can add up to a costly and lengthy business interruption.
Cyber Insurance For Canadian Businesses
Insurers are responding to the growing threats posed by cyber hackers with coverage that’s designed to provide peace-of-mind. According to an Insurance Business article, “while cyber insurance premiums appear to be expensive, they are typically much less costly than many clients believe”. 2 In fact, the current Canadian insurance market offers good value to first-time buyers of cyber liability coverage.
ALIGNED provides a variety of cyber insurance options for Canadian businesses of all sizes. Speak with an ALIGNED broker today about how we can help you secure the best products, services and solutions for your business.
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Sources: 1 The Globe and Mail 2 Insurance Business