The Cyber Gap: Insurance Solutions for Cyber Security in 2024

In 2024, the threat of cyberattacks looms large, posing significant challenges for businesses of all sizes. While large corporations may have the resources and infrastructure to address cybersecurity concerns effectively, SMEs and mid-market organizations often find themselves struggling to navigate the complex terrain of cyber risk management. 

This disparity in cyber resilience has led to what experts call the “cyber gap” – a disparity in cybersecurity capabilities between larger and smaller enterprises.

What is the Cyber Gap? 

The cyber gap refers to the difference in cybersecurity capabilities between large corporations and smaller businesses. While larger companies may have dedicated cybersecurity teams, advanced threat detection systems, and extensive resources to invest in cybersecurity measures, SMEs and mid-market organizations often lack the expertise and financial means to adequately protect themselves against cyber threats. 

This discrepancy leaves smaller businesses more vulnerable to cyberattacks and data breaches, making them attractive targets for cybercriminals.

Navigating Cybersecurity Challenges and Understanding Cyber Insurance in 2024

According to Delinea’s 2023 State of Cyber Insurance report, there’s a gap in cyber insurance:

  • 28% of small organizations got denied coverage.
  • 63% of bigger organizations had to use insurance-provided solutions.
  • 67% said it took them over four months to get a policy.
  • 69% faced huge increases in premiums, sometimes over 100%.

These statistics reveal a gap between rising costs, stricter requirements, and increased claim denials, leaving businesses paying more for potentially unusable coverage.

As the insurance industry adapts to these challenges, it’s focusing more on understanding and quantifying cyber risks. This shift demands greater investments from businesses seeking coverage, including time, money, and resources.

Premiums are on the rise, and insurers are becoming more selective in offering cyber coverage. They prioritize organizations with robust cybersecurity practices, such as multi-factor authentication, privileged access management, and effective ransomware protection.

Cybersecurity is dynamic, with threats evolving constantly. However, organizations that prioritize security measures can effectively mitigate risks.

In response to the evolving landscape, there’s a growing demand for flexible cyber insurance policies tailored to individual business needs. Insurers must adapt to these changing dynamics, offering customizable solutions that address the unique challenges posed by cyber threats.

By understanding and addressing these challenges, the insurance industry can bridge the gap in cyber insurance coverage, ensuring sustainable growth and providing economic security to businesses in 2024.

How to Bridge the Gap: How to Obtain Cyber Insurance and Reduce Risk

In cyber insurance, obtaining coverage requires a proactive approach to cybersecurity and risk management. Here are key steps businesses can take to bridge the cyber gap and secure cyber insurance while reducing overall risk:

Assess Cybersecurity Posture

Conduct a comprehensive assessment of your organization’s cybersecurity posture to identify vulnerabilities and areas for improvement. This assessment should include evaluating existing security protocols, identifying potential threats, and assessing compliance with industry standards and regulations.

Implement Best Practices

Implement industry best practices and cybersecurity standards to strengthen your organization’s defenses against cyber threats. This may include implementing multi-factor authentication, encryption protocols, and access controls to safeguard sensitive data and systems.

Risk Mitigation Strategies

Develop and implement risk mitigation strategies to reduce the likelihood and impact of cyber incidents. This may involve establishing incident response plans, conducting regular security training for employees, and implementing proactive monitoring and detection measures to identify potential threats early.

Compliance Requirements

Ensure compliance with relevant industry regulations and standards to demonstrate your organization’s commitment to cybersecurity and risk management. Compliance with regulations such as GDPR, HIPAA, and PCI DSS may be necessary to qualify for cyber insurance coverage.

Partner with Experienced Insurers

Partner with experienced insurers who specialize in cyber insurance and understand the unique cybersecurity challenges facing businesses today. Work with insurers who offer tailored cyber insurance solutions and provide guidance on risk management best practices.

Customize Coverage Options

Work with insurers to customize cyber insurance coverage options based on your organization’s specific needs and risk profile. This may include coverage for data breaches, business interruption, legal expenses, and regulatory fines and penalties.

Continuous Monitoring and Improvement

Implement a culture of continuous monitoring and improvement to stay ahead of emerging cyber threats and evolving regulatory requirements. Regularly review and update cybersecurity policies and procedures to ensure they remain effective in mitigating risks.

By taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity and risk management practices, businesses can improve their eligibility for cyber insurance coverage while reducing the likelihood and impact of cyber incidents. Working closely with experienced insurers and implementing industry best practices will help bridge the cyber gap and ensure comprehensive protection against cyber threats.

How Should I Choose a Cyber Insurance Policy for 2024?

The first, and most important thing, when choosing a cyber insurance policy is to determine what your company’s needs are. 

Reimbursable expenses that insurance companies typically provide include: 

  • Investigations into the cause of the breach
  • Business losses arising from a breach
  • Privacy protection and breach notification 
  • Lawsuits and extortion

It’s important to figure out what expenses you want to be covered in your insurance plan before moving on. If you’re still unsure what exactly your business may need, talking to an experienced insurance team can help guide you through the process. 

After you know what your company needs, it’s time to ask questions about the policy itself. These include:

  • Take a look at the plan’s deductibles, just like you would any other insurance
  • Understand if the policy is stand-alone or add on
  • Ask if the policy covers accidental actions, as a lot of data breaches can be accidentally caused by employees.
  • Ask if the policy covers third-party service providers

All these questions are a great start to seeing what type of coverage you need. If you want a more detailed look at choosing cyber insurance, take a look at our blog here.

Have More Questions About Cyber Insurance in 2024?

Apex Risk & Insurance Services was specifically founded to fill the service and consultative gap left by agency consolidations in the insurance marketplace. These consolidations have left customers who are used to a boutique service approach with no personal connection to their team.

Apex brings the high-touch service proposition back to the San Diego business community and beyond. If you have any questions about cyber insurance in the new year, contact us today.