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Millions of UK Businesses don't have a Cyber Insurance Policy

Millions of UK Businesses don't have a Cyber Insurance Policy

According to a survey conducted by Insurance firm Gallagher, millions of businesses operating in the UK don't have basic cyber insurance coverage.

And this indicates that business heads are either unaware of what repercussions could a cyberattack covey to them or how a cyber insurance policy could help them bailout from the consequences of a cyber-attack.

Businesses are most often affected by phishing, impersonation emails, spyware, malware and ransomware attacks.

Key findings in the survey highlight the fact that only one in every 5 companies operating in the UK have a standalone cyber insurance policy. As most of them think that a business insurance cover is enough to cover the costs incurred in a cyber attack- which is completely false.

It is believed that more than 46% of small and medium-sized businesses think that hackers only target bigger organisations and so never bother to buy a cyber insurance cover for the IT Infrastructure.

Also see:Human Error Caused Ninety Per Cent of UK Data Breaches Last Year

Gallagher’s study also indicates that over 35% of CIOs and CTOs believe that their business is well protected if they invest in the right technology.

What’s interesting in this whole misconception is the fact that 72% of respondents still feel that cyber risks and data breaches can shut down their business on a permanent note. However, due to a lack of funds, they do not take insurance coverage on a serious note.

Thomas Draper, the cyber practice leader, and technology officer of Gallagher said that cybercrime has emerged as the biggest threat to businesses across the world. However, most companies are still failing to take proper measures which in-turn affects their financial position and reputation of the company.

Consequences
Banks fail to provide credit to those companies which have fallen prey to cyber-attacks. Also, victimised companies can see a negative impact on their merger and acquisition activities.

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