Provide peace of mind by offering Cyber Liability insurance.Highlight Fact Sheet
Cyber Liability is the risk posed by conducting business over the internet, over other networks, or using electronic storage technology. Cyber Liability insurance is designed to mitigate losses from a variety of cyber incidents:
Through a partnership with McGowan Program Administrators, Mercer Consumer has developed an integrated insurance and risk management program for Cyber Liability. The program offers access to human resources- and data management-related services which provides superior products and services through a simplified process.
Primary cyber exposures include Personally Identifiable Information (PII), retained data, credit card theft, and business identity information claims. Attacks on your computers that aren’t protected can result in the theft of PII and other information.
Coverage is provided for:
1. Click on one of the blue “Get A Quote” buttons that best describes your occupation.
2. Select from the drop down menu to access the online application.
3. Limits up to $1,000,000 are available online.
Once your application has been approved, you will receive an email with a link to pay the premium. Next, the policy will be issued and emailed to you.
Answers about the plan, including eligibility, options, enrollment, customer service and more.
If my firm purchases E&O coverage, wouldn’t this policy protect us in the event of a cyber or privacy breach?
What are my obligations in the event of a breach to report such and to who?
47 of 50 states require a breach to be reported to those affected if any personal identifiable information (PII) is leaked. Any company who does not report these breaches is subject to hefty fines and penalties from various state and industry regulators. If you are a firm servicing clients in multiple states, a single breach can be a costly in just legal expenses to translate the requirements of each states law. Having the proper Cyber Privacy Liability coverage in place can provide assistance and help cover these expenses.
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An international computer hacking group gained access electronically to the computerized cash registers of a restaurant chain and stole credit card information of 5,000 customers, starting a flood of fraudulent purchases around the world.
Theft of Digital Assets
A regional retailer contracted with a third party service provider. A burglar stole two laptops of the service provider containing the data of over 800,000 clients of the retailer. Under applicable notification laws, the retailer - not the service provider - was required to notify affected individuals. Total expenses incurred for notification and crisis management to customers was nearly $5,000,000.
Theft of Digital Assets
A home healthcare organization had backup tapes, laptops and disks containing social security numbers, clinical and demographic information, and in a small number of cases, patient financial data that was stolen. In total, over 365,000 patient records were exposed. The organization settled with the state attorney general, providing patients with free credit monitoring, credit restoration to patients that were victims of identity fraud, and reimbursement to patients for direct losses that resulted from the data breach. The organization was also required to revamp its security policies, implement technical safeguards and conduct random compliance audits.
A non-profit community action corporation printed two 1099 forms on one piece of paper. An employee was supposed to separate the forms and send each to its rightful owner. Instead, one person received both copies. The mistake sent tax forms and social security numbers to strangers. Approximately 50% of the landlords who work with the community action corporation received their forms in addition to the private information of the others.
Cyber Extortion Threat
A U.S. based information technology company contracted with an overseas software vendor. The contracted vendor left universal “administrator” defaults installed on the company’s server and a “Hacker for Hire” was paid $20,000 to exploit such vulnerability. The hacker advised if the requested payment was not made he would post the records of millions of registered users on a blog available for all to see. The extortion expenses and extortion monies are expected to exceed $2,000,000.
An employee of a private high school mistakenly distributed via e-mail the names, social security numbers, birthdates and medical information of students and faculty creating a privacy breach. Overall, 1,250 individuals’ information was compromised.
A juvenile released a computer worm directing infected computers to launch a denial of service attack against a regional computer consulting & application outsourcing firm. The infection caused an 18 hour shutdown of the entity’s computer systems. The computer consulting & application outsourcing firm incurred extensive costs and expenses to repair and restore their system as well as business interruption expenses which totaled approximately $875,000.
1Ponemon Institute, 4/2009 Global Cost of a Data Breach Study.
Approximately every 3 ½ seconds a new threat is unleashed by cyber criminals into the online world of the internet. These criminals can range from middle schoolers who vandalize websites to international terrorists who target a country’s defense infrastructure.
Businesses face increasingly complex information and computer security risks. If you house or store client confidential information of anything defined as Personally Identifiable Information (PII), cyber criminals have an interest in your stored data files to target, breach and obtain such information.
The Cyber Privacy Liability policy available through Mercer Consumer, a service of Mercer Health & Benefits Administration LLC, has been tailored specifically for our policyholders and is not available outside our network.