In the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats, a new type of hack is causing confusion and challenges for businesses. Cyber attackers, often ransomware fraudsters, infiltrate a network and remain dormant for extended periods—weeks, months, or even years.
The Policy Dilemma: Claims Made vs. Occurrence Policy
The delayed actions of these hackers pose a unique problem for cyber insurance policyholders. The timing of the cyber incident becomes crucial in determining whether the policy in place is a claims-made or an occurrence policy. This distinction significantly impacts the eligibility and coverage of your insurance claim.
Understanding Claims-Made Policies
For those with claims-made policies, filing a claim today means it covers the loss under the policy currently in effect. The challenge arises when the hacking event occurred in the past, as it requires aligning the claim with the policy that covered the loss during that specific timeframe.
Navigating Occurrence Policies
On the other hand, occurrence policies base coverage on when the actual event happened. If a hacker infiltrated the system two years ago but only executed the damaging event recently, the claim must be filed under the policy that was in effect at the time of the occurrence, not at the time of discovery.
The Currency of Reporting: A Time-Sensitive Factor
Adding another layer of complexity is the currency of reporting. Some policies may require losses to be reported within a specified timeframe. The delayed actions of dormant hackers may inadvertently lead to a missed reporting window, jeopardizing your claim’s validity.
Unraveling the Tactics: Dormant Hacks and Insurance Disputes
Dormant hacks involve cybercriminals infiltrating networks, gathering sensitive information, and sometimes even creating misleading digital trails. They may use this information to contact vendors, clients, or banks to divert funds or engage in fraudulent activities. This intricate web of tactics contributes to the confusion in insurance coverage.
The Policy Documentation Challenge
The evolving nature of cyber threats necessitates a thorough examination of insurance policy documents. Businesses must ensure that their policies specifically address the nuances of dormant hacks. Failure to do so may result in disputes between insurance policies, with each claiming the incident is covered elsewhere.
Filing Claims Strategically
In light of these challenges, businesses must approach the filing of cyber insurance claims strategically. It is crucial to base claims on the appropriate coverage period rather than when the loss is discovered. This proactive approach can mitigate potential disputes and ensure a smoother claims process.
In the complex realm of cyber insurance, staying informed about emerging threats and understanding the intricacies of policy coverage are paramount. The era of dormant hacks requires businesses to adapt their insurance strategies to navigate the evolving landscape of cyber risks.