COZART & EDWARDS, PA
102 N MAIN STREET
PO BOX 990
CREEDMOOR, NC 27522
919-528-4775

We will remain open for business Monday through Thursday from 8am to 5pm and continue to process tax returns as usual.  However, in light of recommendations from NCDHHS and CDC, we are asking that if you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, please avoid coming into the office, even to deliver or pick up documents. Please avoid coming into our office for the safety of others if you are confirmed to have COVID-19 or have a family member at home that is confirmed to have COVID-19.  We have secure online options to send and receive documents to help limit contact during this time.  Our staff is happy to assist with this process.  To better function with our current environment, we ask that all client’s dropping off paperwork utilize our drop box.  For items too large to fit through the drop box slot, please use the basket located inside to right as soon as you open the door.  Please contact us with any questions.
 
Insurance

Insuring Your Business Against Cyber Liability

One study found that 43% of cyber attacks target small business, and 60% of small companies go out of business within six months of a cyber attack.¹

Business owners are also required to protect their customers’ personal information. In 47 states, and the District of Columbia, businesses are required to notify individuals of security breaches involving personally identifiable information.²

As evidenced by news of large-scale data breaches, online hacking has become another form of risk that businesses now face everyday. Like many risks, businesses can insure themselves against the financial damage a cyber-attack may inflict.

Cyber liability insurance may cover a range of risks, including:

  • Data Breach Management: Pays expenses related to the investigation, management, and remediation of an incident, including customer notification, credit check support, and associated legal costs and fines.
  • Media Liability: Covers third-party damages such as website vandalism and intellectual property rights infringement.
  • Extortion Liability: Reimburses for expenses associated with losses arising from a threat of extortion.
  • Network Security Liability: Covers costs connected with third-party damages due to a denial of access and theft of third-party information.

Cyber liability insurance is fairly new so expect a wide divergence of coverage and costs. It may be purchased separately or as a rider to your current business insurance policy. Be prepared to comparison shop to get a better understanding of coverage and costs.

Small business owners might also keep in mind that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” There are steps you can take to protect your business from becoming a cyber victim.

Consider steps to protect your data.

  1. Maintain robust malware detection software and keep existing software updated.
  2. Train employees not to open links contained in emails from unknown senders. Research shows that 48% of security-related incidents are caused by employee behavior.¹
  3. Encrypt your important data, such as bank account information, customer credit card numbers, etc.
  4. Perform a security audit.

As obvious and simple as these precautions may sound, some businesses fall victim to cyber-attacks because of their failure to take them.

  1. SmallBizTrends, January 3, 2017
  2. National Conference of State Legislatures, 2017

The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. It may not be used for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. This material was developed and produced by FMG Suite to provide information on a topic that may be of interest. FMG Suite is not affiliated with the named broker-dealer, state- or SEC-registered investment advisory firm. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. Copyright 2019 FMG Suite.

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