Navigating Cyber Liability Insurance


Navigating Cyber Liability Insurance: Insights from Snap Tech IT's Lunch and Learn Series

Cyber Insurance

In the fast-paced digital landscape of 2024, businesses face an ever-evolving array of cyber threats, prompting the need for robust risk management strategies. To shed light on the complexities of cyber liability insurance, Snap Tech IT recently hosted a series of Lunch and Learn events across three cities, featuring local insurance experts who provided invaluable insights into the cyber insurance landscape. Let’s delve into the key takeaways from one of the events, focusing on the insights shared by David Anderson, CIPP/US from Woodruff Sawyer.

  1. Elevated Threat Ecosystem: Anderson underscored the persistent threat landscape facing businesses, highlighting the prevalence of unpatched software vulnerabilities and sophisticated phishing attacks targeting users. Notably, statistics revealed that a staggering 70% of ransomware attacks in 2023 targeted organizations with fewer than 500 employees, with a median ransom payment reaching $190,424.
  2. Understanding the Cyber Insurance Landscape: Anderson emphasized the importance of involving various stakeholders, including CEOs, CFOs, general counsel, and IT leadership, in understanding and navigating the cyber insurance landscape. He outlined the roles of key players, including the policyholder (the business), broker (representing the policyholder), insurance carrier (determining policy terms), and incident response panel (comprising experts to assist post-breach).
  3. Cyber Insurance Market Update: Attendees gained insights into the dynamic cyber insurance market, which is witnessing significant growth and the entry of non-traditional players. While pricing remains stable for premiums, poor IT and cyber controls can lead to increased premiums or restricted coverage at renewal. Underwriting standards are on the rise, focusing on ransomware resilience and disaster recovery capabilities.
  4. Emerging Trends: Anderson highlighted emerging trends, such as the heightened focus on cyber extortion controls in response to persistent ransomware threats. Additionally, the impact of artificial intelligence on cyber risk was discussed, with AI enhancing both attackers’ capabilities and defenders’ response strategies. The evolution of privacy regulations, with more states joining the U.S. privacy law landscape, was also noted.
  5. Coverage and Importance of Cyber Insurance: Attendees gained a comprehensive understanding of the coverage provided by cyber insurance, encompassing network security and privacy, network business interruption, media liability, and errors and omissions. Anderson emphasized the critical need for cyber insurance in mitigating financial losses and reputational damage arising from cyber incidents.
  6. Critical Underwriting Areas of Focus: Anderson outlined critical areas of focus for underwriting, including the implementation of multi-factor authentication, endpoint detection and response (EDR/MDR/XDR), robust backup solutions, and comprehensive employee training and awareness programs to mitigate phishing risks.
  7. Coverage Pitfalls to Avoid: Finally, Anderson warned against common coverage pitfalls, such as exclusions related to unsupported software, failure to maintain declared security postures, overly broad systemic event exclusions, and cyberattacks resulting from neglected patch management.


In conclusion, Snap Tech IT’s Cyber Liability Lunch and Learn series provided attendees with invaluable insights into the intricacies of cyber insurance, empowering businesses to navigate the evolving threat landscape with confidence and resilience. By understanding key considerations, engaging with stakeholders, and implementing robust risk management strategies, organizations can effectively mitigate cyber risks and safeguard their operations in an increasingly digital world.