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  • Maximizing Cyber Insurance: 7 Essential Steps for Every Business

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    Maximizing Cyber Insurance:  7 Essential Steps for Every Business

    The moment you see a ransomware notification on your screen, it’s already too late to start thinking about whether your cyber insurance will cover the damage. Cyber insurance policies require that you adhere to certain cybersecurity standards to qualify for protection. To ensure that your cyber insurance safeguards your business when it’s most critical, here are seven proactive measures you should take.

    1. Conduct a Cyber Insurance Policy Review

    Cyber insurance policies vary significantly in their requirements—some may be stricter than others. Engage a professional IT company to review your cyber insurance policy to ensure compliance with all stipulated standards. Being proactive about your cybersecurity measures ensures that your premium payments are a wise investment, not just profit for your insurance carrier.

    2. Implement Comprehensive Risk Assessments

    Annual or semi-annual risk assessments can give you a snapshot of how your cyber-security posture is at that moment. You can then look for ways within your budget to mitigate the risks found. Some things we find during risk assessments:

    • Ineffective or absent antivirus solutions
    • Outdated software applications
    • Unapplied Software and Operating System Patches
    • Exposed passwords accessible on the Dark Web
    • Insufficient Phishing Training for Employees
    • Lack of SPAM Filters or Firewalls
    • Inadequate data backups
    • Poor Administrative Control over Critical Data

    Addressing these issues promptly helps mitigate risks within your budget, strengthening your eligibility for cyber insurance claims.

    3. Establish Robust Access Controls

    Determine which data is critical to your organization and restrict access to essential personnel only. Implement strong password policies and ensure that these credentials are not shared among employees, reinforcing the security of sensitive information.

    4. Develop an Incident Response Plan

    Having a robust incident response plan in place is crucial. This plan should detail immediate actions to take when a security breach occurs, such as isolating affected systems and notifying your IT department. Regular training and simulations can help familiarize your staff with these protocols, enhancing their ability to respond effectively under pressure

    5. Provide Ongoing Security Awareness Training

    Regular security awareness training for all employees is vital in minimizing human errors, which are often the biggest cybersecurity threats. Training should cover topics like phishing, social engineering, and safe internet practices, making each employee a vigilant participant in your cyber defense strategy.

    6. Ensure Regular Data Backups and Their Viability

    Backup all critical data routinely and store these backups in secure, possibly multiple locations. Regularly test these backups to confirm their effectiveness in data restoration, ensuring business continuity in the event of data loss or a cyberattack.

    7. Stay Informed on Compliance and Regulatory Requirements

    Cybersecurity regulations are continuously evolving. Keep abreast of these changes to ensure your practices comply with the latest industry standards. This not only enhances your security posture but also ensures that your cyber insurance coverage remains effective and compliant.

    Conclusion

    While cyber insurance is a crucial aspect of risk management, it should complement, not replace, comprehensive cybersecurity practices. By adopting these seven proactive steps, you can ensure that your cyber insurance provides the necessary protection when disaster strikes. Collaborate with a reputable IT managed services provider to maintain a resilient cybersecurity framework.

    For more information, check out this article from the Federal Trade Commission: https://www.ftc.gov/business-guidance/small-businesses/cybersecurity/cyber-insurance

    If you’d like to schedule a cyber-insurance policy review or need assistance improving your cybersecurity posture, Make A Better Choice and call us at 813-605-7251.

About A Better Choice Network Solutions

We are a business technology solutions provider.   Our primary focus on cyber-security requires us to defend your data.  We serve small to medium-sized businesses throughout the Tampa Bay area, Brandon, and Lakeland.

We enable clients to focus on running their businesses with confidence knowing they have a team of experienced IT professionals monitoring and managing their systems, keeping their technology up-to-date, and trained technicians available to provide support and solutions on-demand.

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