Data Breaches Growing Rapidly

Tech Companies Uninsured

Over the past several years, there have been over 225 million reported consumer data breaches. This year alone, there have been more than 30 million reported security breaches of consumer data. No one knows the actual numbers since it is suspected that most security breaches are unreported.

Most tech firms and regular businesses with exposure don’t have insurance to cover this expensive peril. Liability for the following categories of expenses are common in these breaches of security:

  • Class action lawsuits
  • Regulatory fines, fees, penalties
  • Statutory notification expenses

Tech companies that collect confidential information or assist clients in doing so must make sure that their Professional Liability/Errors & Omissions policy is specially endorsed to respond to breach of security lawsuits. Non tech companies with exposure must make sure that their Cyber Liability policy does the same.

Source: S.H. Smith & Company, Inc. E Bulletin, 10-19-08

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