What is Cyber Protection?

Cyber protection insurance is a relatively new form of cover. It’s designed to help protect your business from the financial impact of computer hacking or a data breach.

If you see it, report it!

In February 2017, the Senate passed the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 – setting up a mandatory nationwide data breach notification scheme. This means if you spot a security breach which may cause unauthorised access or disclosure of personal information, you’re legally required to report it to the Office of the Australian Commissioner within 30 days. You’ll also need to notify the people whose information has been affected.

“The scale and reach of malicious cyber activity affecting Australian public and private sector organisations and individuals is unprecedented. The rate of compromise is increasing and the methods used by malicious actors are rapidly evolving.”
- Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Australia's Cyber Security Strategy Report, 2016

Who should consider it?

If your business has a website or electronic records, you’re vulnerable to cyber hackers. In fact, it’s likely that your business will suffer a cyber attack at some stage.

A cyber attack could cost your business more than money. It could also threaten your intellectual property and put customers’ personal information at risk – which could damage your reputation.

Cyber insurance policies vary in the benefits they provide. Your insurance broker can help you find the most suitable product that meets the needs of your business. Here's the type of cover that your policy may include:

Covers financial loss you may suffer as a result of a cyber attack.

The costs of a cyber attack, such as hiring negotiation experts, covering extortion demands and prevention of future threats.

The costs of recovering or replacing your records and other business data.

Damages to your reputation resulting from data breaches, such as loss of third party data held on your system.

Funds the legal costs of defending claims.

Covers legal expenses and the costs of fines arising from investigation by a government regulator.

The costs of copyright infringement, defamation claims and misuse of certain types of intellectual property online.

Provides cover for the costs of managing a crisis caused by cyber hackers.

The costs of notifying customers of a security breach, and monitoring their credit card details to prevent further attacks.

Did you know?

(Scamwatch statistics, Australian
Competition & Consumer Commission, 2018)

(Second Annual State Of Ransomware Report: Survey Results for Australia, Osterman REsearch, 2017)

(Summary Findings, Verizon 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report, 2018)