Cyber Insurance How-to Hub

Ever wondered what cyber insurance is, how much it costs, and more? You’re on the right page.

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Aliza Vigderman
Gabe TurnerChief Editor
Last Updated on Aug 25, 2021
By Aliza Vigderman & Gabe Turner on Aug 25, 2021

Unlike life insurance, home insurance, and car insurance, cyber insurance isn’t a household name — not yet, at least. But since everyone is online and thus susceptible to hackings and data breaches, we believe that cyber insurance will become commonplace in the near future. If you are curious about cyber insurance and want to buy a policy for yourself, read one of our how-to pages for actionable advice on how you can protect yourself online.

What Is Cyber Insurance?

First, let’s talk about what cyber insurance is. Cyber insurance, simply put, is a type of insurance for online activities, including data breaches, cyberbullying, and cyber extortion. However, exactly what cyber insurance covers depends on whether you’re buying a personal or business policy.

Cyberbullying
Cyber insurance is for online activities such as cyberbullying.

Personal Cyber Insurance

Personal cyber insurance, often an add-on to homeowners insurance, covers cybercrimes like data breaches, ransomware, and cyberbullying. It may or may not also include access to fraud specialists to help you recover your identity after it’s stolen, but cyber insurance isn’t necessarily the same as identity theft insurance and may not have credit monitoring. Personal cyber insurance could also include these services:

  • Cyber monitoring
  • Protection from lawsuits
  • Repair and replacement of electronic data, documents with financial information, or PII (personally identifiable information)1

FYI: Personal cyber insurance may or may not cover cyber extortion, also known as ransomware attacks.

Business Cyber Insurance

Protecting Businesses from Cyber Attacks

Business cyber insurance covers liability for data breaches of sensitive customer information, which may include the following:

  • Account numbers
  • Credit card numbers
  • Driver’s license numbers
  • Health records
  • Social Security numbers

Businesses’ main cyber risk is breaches of customers’ personal information, which is normally covered under cyber insurance and cyber liability insurance. Getting business cyber insurance is the first step in risk management, along with heightening your network security. After all, let’s be honest: We all have our errors and omissions.

How Much Does Cyber Insurance Cost?

You’re probably wondering how much cyber insurance costs, and the answer depends on a ton of factors, like whether it’s a personal or business policy. But first …

Is There a Deductible?

Yes, cyber insurance has deductibles. Typically, you as the customer can select the amount of your deductible — which, in case you don’t know, is a fixed amount you have to pay before the insurance policy kicks in. Every time a policy covers a loss, the insurance company will apply your deductible.

While no one likes a high deductible, it does mean lower premiums.2 But let’s get to the point: What is cyber insurance going to cost you?

Cost of Cyber Insurance

Average Costs

  • Personal: On average, an individual cyber insurance policy for a family costs $199 to $799 a year, which breaks down to $19.99 to $79.99 a month.3 Other sources say it can cost up to $1,000 a year if it’s not part of a homeowners insurance policy.4
  • Business: The cost of cyber insurance for businesses depends heavily on the size of the business, for starters. Progressive says the annual cost can be anywhere from $500 to $5,000, while AdvisorSmith found that the average annual cost was $1,438.5

Pro Tip: If it’s available, buy cyber insurance as an add-on to your homeowners insurance to save money.

In our personal cyber insurance research, we asked people what they thought personal cyber insurance costs, and the results were interesting.

How much do you think the yearly premium would be to purchase a personal cyber insurance policy with $25,000 coverage? Overall
Less than $50 19%
$50 – $99 25%
$100 – $149 40%
$150 – $199 10%
More than $200 7%

Most people think that personal cyber insurance is cheaper than it really is. 93 percent of U.S. adults believe that the yearly premium for a personal insurance policy within the $25,000 range costs $199 to less, while it actually can cost up to $1,000.

What Affects Cost

The cost of your cyber insurance will also depend on these factors:

  • Your coverage needs and limits
  • Who has access to your systems and data
  • The security of your network
  • Your industry
  • Your claims history
  • Your business’s revenue
  • How many employees you have6

Cyber Insurance Statistics

We’ve also compiled the latest cyber insurance statistics. Here’s a taste:

  • Personal cyber insurance makes up only 25 percent of the market, while business cyber insurance makes up 75 percent.
  • The cyber insurance industry was worth $7.8 billion in 2021, but it’s expected to grow to $20.4 billion by 2025.7
  • As of 2019, the leading providers of cyber insurance in the U.S. (in terms of total premiums value) were Chubb, AXA, AIG, Travelers, Beazley, AXIS, CNA, BCS, Liberty Mutual, and Firefox Financial Holidays. Chubb’s premiums totaled over $356 million, for example, followed by over $229 million for AXA.
  • Our own research on cyber insurance told us even more statistics. Currently, 62 percent of U.S. adults are somewhat to very familiar with cyber insurance, while 80 percent have at least heard of it.
  • What is your familiarity with cyber insurance? Overall Experienced cyber crime Haven’t experienced cyber crime
    Very familiar 34% 23% 6%
    Somewhat familiar 32% 37% 29%
    Heard of it, but I’m not very familiar 18% 32% 30%
    Never heard of it before this survey 16% 9% 36%
  • For non-users of personal cyber insurance, the main reason they don’t have policies currently is needing to do more research at 40 percent, followed by high costs at 34 percent. Another 21 percent found personal cyber insurance to be unnecessary.
  • What is the main reason you don’t currently have a personal cyber insurance policy? Overall
    I need to do more research to understand my options 40%
    I think it costs too much 34%
    I don’t think I need it 21%
    I don’t think it would provide sufficient coverage 3%
    Other 3%
  • Finally, the most common type of cybercrime for those very familiar with cyber insurance was cyber extortion, otherwise known as ransomware, at 30 percent. Cyberbullying was also very common, affecting 92 percent of those slightly to very familiar with cyber insurance.
  • Type of cybercrime experienced I’ve never heard of cyber insurance before this survey I’m slightly or somewhat familiar with cyber insurance I’m very familiar with cyber insurance
    Cyber attack – a virus or other scam caused damage to my device or data 6% 70% 24%
    Digital identity theft – my personal information was accessed digitally to steal my identity 8% 69% 24%
    Cyber bullying – digital content was used to harm my relationships, career, or general well-being 8% 64% 28%
    Cyber extortion – money was demanded to prevent or reverse computer or data damage 3% 68% 30%
Cyber crime
Cyber insurance can help if you experience cyber crime

Recap

That’s all of our cyber insurance how-to pages, but if you’re ready to get your own policy, a great place to begin is our list of the best cyber insurance. Even if you have cyber insurance, it’s also important to use antivirus software, VPNs, and secure passwords, whether for personal or enterprise internet use. If you have more questions about cyber insurance, keep reading.

FAQs

Want more information on cyber insurance? We’ve answered the questions we get the most below.

  • What is cyber insurance, and how does it work?

    Cyber insurance is a type of insurance policy that covers cyber incidents like data breaches, cyber extortion, cyberattacks, and cyberbullying. It works in the same way as other insurance policies. First, the insured chooses a deductible. If they make a claim, they have to pay off that deductible before the insurance coverage kicks in.

    Some cyber insurance covers not only reimbursements for losses, but also identity restoration and other services people and businesses need after cyberattacks, like data restoration.

  • How do I get cybersecurity insurance?

    To get cybersecurity insurance, first choose a provider. Most likely, you’ll need to contact the company through its website or over the phone. You can discuss a deductible and premium with your insurance agent, who will sell you a policy.

  • What should cyber insurance cover?

    Cyber insurance should cover these expenses:

    • Cyber incidents and attacks
    • Cyberbullying
    • Cyber extortion
    • Data breaches
    • Data recovery
    • Identity restoration
    • Legal fees
    • Notification of customers after data breaches
    • Online fraud
    • Repairs of damaged computer systems

    Some of these areas only apply to businesses. Individual policies may have differing liability coverage.

  • What doesn’t cyber insurance cover?

    Cyber insurance does not cover these areas:

    • Acts of war
    • Commercial property (which is covered by property insurance)
    • Costs to improve security and technology systems post-attack
    • Employment practices liability
    • General liability
    • Lawsuits for system vulnerabilities before data breaches occur
    • Phishing
    • Professional liability
    • Reimbursements for future profits lost due to data breaches or cyberattacks
    • Theft of intellectual property
Citations
  1. Forbes. (2021). Personal Cyber Insurance For The Growing Risk Of Cyberattacks.
    forbes.com/advisor/homeowners-insurance/personal-cyber-insurance/

  2. Embroker. (2021). Cyber Liability Insurance.
    embroker.com/coverage/cyber-insurance/

  3. BlackFire Cyber Insurance. (2021). Personal Cyber Insurance.
    blackfirecyberinsurance.com/personal-cyber-insurance/

  4. Agency Height. (2021). Can You Earn More With
    Cyber Liability Insurance?

    agencyheight.com/cyber-security-insurance/

  5. AdvisorSmith. (2021). Cyber Insurance Cost.
    advisorsmith.com/cyber-liability-insurance/cost/

  6. Progressive Commercial. (2021). Cyber Insurance Cost.
    progressivecommercial.com/business-insurance/cyber-insurance/cyber-insurance-cost/

  7. Statista. (2020). Estimated cyber insurance market size worldwide in 2020, with forecasts up until 2025.
    statista.com/statistics/1190800/forecast-cyber-insurance-market-size/