Cybersecurity insurance has become a crucial component of risk management for businesses of all sizes, providing financial protection against cyber threats and data breaches. However, to obtain the most favorable cybersecurity insurance coverage, insurers often require businesses to implement specific strategies. This article outlines typical cybersecurity ideas that can help businesses secure the best cyber insurance coverage.

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1. Network Security

Firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS):

  • Firewalls: Implement firewalls to prevent unauthorized access to the network. They act as a barrier between your internal network and external sources, filtering traffic to prevent malicious activity. In lay terms, the firewall serves as a moat around your business ensuring only those that are authorized or safe are able to enter.

Cybersecurity Insurance Best Practices:

  • Regularly update and configure firewalls to block known threats. Keep any annual security renewals up to date for maximum protection. Some firewalls will stop working if these are not renewed thus preventing online access and causing unexpected downtime.

2. Endpoint Security

Antivirus and Anti-Malware:

  • Antivirus Software: Install and regularly update antivirus software on all endpoints to detect and remove malicious software. Ideally, we recommend a Managed Detection and Response (MDR) solution as these are backed by a 24/7 Security Operations Center (SOC)
  • Anti-Malware Tools: Use anti-malware tools to protect against a broader range of malicious threats, including spyware, ransomware, and trojans.

Cybersecurity Insurance Best Practices:

  • Ensure real-time protection is enabled.
  • Conduct regular scans and updates.

3. Access Control

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA):

  • MFA: Implement MFA to add an extra layer of security, requiring users to provide two or more verification factors to gain access to a resource.

Implement Role-Based Access Controls (RBAC)/Policy of Least Privilege:

  • RBAC: Assign permissions based on the user’s role within the organization, ensuring that employees only have access to the data and systems necessary for their job functions.

Cybersecurity Insurance Best Practices:

  • Use MFA for all critical systems and sensitive data.
  • Regularly review and update access controls based on changes in roles.

4. Data Protection


  • Data Encryption: Encrypt sensitive data both at rest and in transit to protect it from unauthorized access and breaches.

Backup Solutions:

  • Regular Backups: Perform regular backups of critical data and store them securely, both on-site and off-site, to ensure data can be restored in the event of a cyber incident. 

ThrottleNet recommends Datto as this is serves as business continuity and disaster recovery solution. This means that if your local server goes down, you can run from a local Datto appliance. If the entire building is destroyed due to a natural disaster, you are able to retrieve your data from their cloud environment. This feature can greatly enhance your standing with cybersecurity insurance.

Cybersecurity Insurance Best Practices:

  • Use strong encryption standards (e.g., AES-256).
  • Test backup restoration processes regularly.

5. Incident Response Plan

Incident Response Planning:

  • Response Plan: Develop a comprehensive incident response plan outlining the steps to be taken in the event of a cyber incident, including roles and responsibilities. This is not exclusive to IT and can include various mission critical aspects of the organization. It is often required for cybersecurity insurance.

Regular Drills:

  • Drills and Simulations: Conduct regular incident response drills and simulations to ensure the effectiveness of the plan and improve readiness.

Cybersecurity Insurance Best Practices:

  • Involve key stakeholders in planning and drills.
  • Review and update the plan regularly based on lessons learned and changes in the threat landscape.

6. Employee Training and Awareness

Cybersecurity Training:

  • Training Programs: Implement regular cybersecurity training programs to educate employees about common cyber threats, such as phishing, social engineering, and malware. Be sure to use a solution to provides some level of tracking to determine if your employees and users are staying current around common threats in addition to proof sourcing their ability to identify attacks.

Phishing Simulations:

  • Simulations: Conduct phishing simulation campaigns to test employees’ ability to recognize and respond to phishing attempts.

Cybersecurity Insurance Best Practices:

  • Tailor training to the specific needs and threats relevant to your organization.
  • Reinforce training with regular reminders, updates and training videos

Implementing robust cybersecurity controls not only protects your business from cyber threats but also positions you favorably when seeking cybersecurity insurance coverage. By focusing on network security, endpoint protection, access control, data protection, incident response planning, and employee training, small businesses can significantly reduce their risk profile and ensure they meet the requirements for comprehensive cyber insurance policies.

Chris Montgomery - ThrottleNet IT Solutions Consultant

Chris Montgomery
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