Departments outside of IT have ownership of data mentioned in the insurance questionnaire. For example, human resources stores sensitive employee data like salaries, social security numbers, and health insurance information. Finance ensures vendor data, payment records, bank information, and other assets are secured properly. If your organization has a software development team, secure application development and data privacy is their responsibility.
A Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) team is tasked with implementing cybersecurity and data protection frameworks. In a small business, GRC teams may comprise VPs and department heads. Larger companies might have a dedicated team, or enterprise-level firms have a team that reports directly to the board.
Proactive security measures that lower premiums
Most likely, the CIO of your organization will have to complete the insurance questionnaire. If your company has a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), the CIO can lean on them for support in answering the questions. A CISO ensures security policies are in place and approved and the controls are deployed so that you receive the best quote possible.
other hand, if your business has gaps or you don’t have a dedicated CISO, don’t panic.
Not every company can deploy a fully formed cybersecurity program that cyber risk insurance often entails—at least not without some help.
The above list is a big ask. Unless the company has experienced information security leadership or has already experienced one or more data breaches, it will need outside security help.
Understanding data management risks
Cyber risk insurance is a way to transfer risk to a third party. Additionally, information security controls function as prevention, detection, and deterrent against threat actors. The goal is to manage risk and prevent costly cyber breaches such as:
- Accidental leak of sensitive or personally identifiable data.
- A ransomware attack that locks your business out of mission-critical systems.
- A business email compromise (BEC) that causes unexpected revenue loss.
- An insider threat from a bad actor within the company.
Suppose your business already has a functioning security program, but you discover new, high-risk areas through the process of securing cyber risk insurance. How can you mitigate those risks as much as possible (and lower your insurance costs)?
Finding help with cybersecurity and insurance
As you fill out the insurance questionnaire, you will see where your cyber risk insurance provider may find vulnerabilities in your environment. Thankfully, the questionnaire will provide a starting point for risk management approaches to consider. Improving your security program will require you to work with each department of your company, and you may need to partner with a third-party cybersecurity provider. That partner could be in the form of auditors or an advisor like OnX that prioritizes cybersecurity and information security management.
Get in touch to learn more about how OnX can guide your company on the journey to cyber risk insurance and enhanced cybersecurity.
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