How much cyber security insurance does my business need?


Determining the appropriate amount of cyber security insurance for your business involves a careful evaluation of various factors, including the size of your business, the nature of your operations, the type and amount of sensitive data you handle, your supply chain and the potential impact of a cyber incident on your business. 

While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer, we wanted to share below a few key steps involved, in our IQ-ARTA Business Risk Framework, to help you understand your business cyber security insurance needs, so you feel more confident and informed as you make your decision.

  1. Risk Assessment: The first step is to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment
    to identify and evaluate the cyber threats your business faces. Consider the value of
    your digital assets, the sensitivity of the data you handle, your supply chain impact
    (and theirs on your business) and the potential financial losses in the event of a
    cyberattack. Assess vulnerabilities in your systems and processes to understand the
    likelihood of a security breach.
  2. Regulatory Cyber Security Compliance: Understand the regulatory cyber
    security landscape applicable to your industry. Compliance requirements often
    dictate the level of cyber security measures and breach response protocols that must
    be in place. Ensure that your cyber insurance coverage aligns with these regulatory
    expectations to avoid legal and financial consequences.
  3. Cyber Security Industry Standards and Best Practices: Adhere to industry-
    specific cyber security standards and best practices. Many insurance providers may
    assess your commitment to maintaining a strong security posture when determining
    coverage and premiums. Aligning with recognized standards can positively influence
    your insurability.
  4. Size and Scale of Your Business: The size and scale of your business play a
    crucial role in determining your cyber insurance needs. Larger enterprises with extensive digital infrastructure, a vast customer base, and complex data processing systems generally require higher coverage to address the potentially widespread impact of a cyber incident.
  5. Cyber Incident Response Capability: Assess your cyber incident response
    capabilities. A well-prepared and practiced cyber incident response plan can mitigate
    the severity of a cyber incident. Insurance providers may view businesses with
    robust cyber incident response protocols more favourably, potentially affecting
    coverage terms and premiums.
  6. Contractual Obligations: Review contractual obligations with third parties,
    including clients, suppliers, and partners. Some contracts may stipulate minimum
    cyber security insurance requirements. Ensure that your coverage aligns with these
    contractual obligations to maintain strong business relationships.
  7. Social Engineering Fraud & Phishing: Evaluate your business’s risk profile and
    mitigation strategies in these key areas as integral components of you cyber security
    insurance. Consider measures such as segregating authorisation for payments,
    regular team training, and implementing telephone validation for payment
    authorisations. Demonstrating proactive steps to address these business cyber
    vulnerabilities can positively impact your insurability.
  8. Emerging Threats and Technology Trends: Stay informed about emerging
    cyber threats and evolving technology trends. Leverage your business’ Risk Partners
    knowledge of these and cyber insurance needs to adapt to new risks associated with
    technologies such as cloud computing, IoT, and artificial intelligence. Regularly
    reassess your coverage to ensure it remains relevant in the face of changing
    cybersecurity landscapes.
  9. Business Interruption Considerations: Evaluate the full potential impact of a
    cyber incident on your business operation. There are 10 areas to consider, see
    below, when finalising your cyber insurance policy schedule. It is important to review
    each as cyber insurance policies differ from most other business insurances, with the
    total sum you insure (what is detailed on your cyber policy schedule) being the total
    amount you can claim for the policy period. Hence it is critical to invest time
    understanding the full impact of a cyber incident to all 10 areas and having all
    relevant itemised and properly evaluated on your policy.

10 considerations for your business cyber security insurance are…

  • Pecuniary costs and compensation to parties who have had their private
    information stolen from your systems.
  • Mandatory reporting costs.
  • Legal costs incurred in defending any civil and regulatory actions.
  • Business interruption (loss of income/ profits, trading losses) resulting from a data
  • Costs associated with ransomware, threats and extortion.
  • Emergency response costs and data and systems recovery costs.
  • Regulatory fines.
  • Telecommunication fraud.
  • Social engineering fraud, phishing, telephone phreaking, identity theft and
  • Hardware repair or replacement costs.

There is no universal formula for determining the exact amount of cyber security insurance a business needs. It requires a thoughtful, detailed, and dynamic approach that considers the unique characteristics of your organization and the evolving cyber threat landscape. It is also important to regularly reassess your cybersecurity insurance coverage to ensure it is aligned with your business’s risk profile and future opportunities. 

To assist you, 4Sight Risk Partners have developed a 25-point ‘Cyber Security Self-Assessment’ Checklist. This tool empowers you to ask the right questions and understand your current business’s cyber landscape and potential vulnerabilities.

Reach out if you would like help reviewing your business’s cybersecurity risk profile and cyber security insurance coverage needs. 


4Sight Risk Partners helps secure benefits for businesses from risk management. Drawing on 75 years of global expertise in risk and insurance, we help businesses tackle uncertainties and seize opportunities with more confidence. We protect our clients, providing them with a strategic advantage from their qualified risk profiles and quantified risk appetite.    

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We welcome your call to discuss your unique business needs.

Gareth Jones
Managing Director
4Sight Risk Partners
0499 988 980 
+61 499 988 980 if calling outside of Australia 
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