Data Breaches: A Big Threat Small Businesses Often Ignore

Whether it’s a misplaced computer, an improperly shredded document or a hacked database, data breaches happen.

And they happen frequently. Recent research reveals that 55 percent of small businesses have lost confidential or private information as the result of a data breach. That said, only about 31 percent of businesses have coverage to protect against this growing threat.

Statistics like these reinforce the importance of coverage like Data Breach Response Expenses. ERIE teamed up with Identity Theft 911, a leading provider of data risk management solutions, to offer an endorsement that helps your business overcome a breach in which your customers, employees, and/or tenants’ nonpublic personal information is exposed. That’s a big help since business owners are often legally required to take action in the event of a data breach.

Data Breach Response Expense coverage from Erie Insurance provides five important coverages and services for your business:

  • Expenses to notify affected individuals of the breach
  • Legal and forensic costs to determine the extent of the breach and how best to respond
  • Services to impacted individuals such as credit monitoring, a help line and identity restoration case management
  • Access to data security resources for your business
  • Crisis resolution for your business

In addition to the Data Breach Response Expenses endorsement, ERIE also offers Data Breach Liability to protect your business against lawsuits and settlements incurred as a result of a data breach and Identity Recovery Coverage to provide business owners (and, if selected, their employees) with recovery services incurred as a result of a theft to their personal identity.

Don’t leave your business exposed to this serious and growing threat. To learn more about the coverage, contact our agency. We’re here to help.

ERIE® insurance services are provided by one or more of the following insurers: Erie Insurance Exchange, Erie Insurance Company, Erie Insurance Property & Casualty Company, Flagship City Insurance Company and Erie Family Life Insurance Company (home offices: Erie, Pennsylvania) or Erie Insurance Company of New York (home office: Rochester, New York). Not all companies are licensed or operate in all states. Not all products are offered in all states. Go to erieinsurance.com for company licensure and territory information.

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