Cyber Risks & Liabilities

In late 2013, Target, the large American retailer, was the victim of a massive data breach that affected as many as 110 million customers. Cyber attackers installed malicious software on point-of-sale devices at Target stores and were able to steal the financial information of 40 million customers and the personal information of 70 million. From lawsuits and fines to the costs of offering free credit monitoring and hiring a computer forensics investigator, this breach is massive not only in terms of how many customers it’s affected, but also in terms of how much of a financial hit it will take on Target. Target’s cyber insurance policy will cover some of the monetary damages, but the damage to its reputation and customer loyalty will not be easy to recover. No business is immune to a data breach—not even a nationwide retailer like Target. But your business can survive a data breach if you are prepared to handle it and if you have the proper cyber liability coverage to help you successfully respond to it.

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