With innovation comes risk.
Technology firms are on the leading edge of innovation but are susceptible to risks unique to the industry. From lawsuits for errors and omissions to liability exposures due to viruses, stolen or compromised data, as well as system outages and downtime. These risks can impact your smooth operations, which is why you may want to consider technology firm insurance.
The risks of running a tech firm.
The most important areas in which tech firms should be insured include liability coverage to protect your business from the risks associated with the tech industry. Another aspect that goes beyond the tech world involves electrical equipment being stored on-site. For these tech firms specifically, having commercial property and equipment insurance is important to consider.
Use the yellow hot spots and explore how technology firm insurance can help protect against common risks.
Businesses are susceptible to many risks, such as claims due to property damage, bodily injury, personal injury, and more.
General liability insurance is an absolute necessity for your technology business. It provides broad coverage when you are deemed responsible and liable, and will also pay to defend any covered lawsuit or action regardless of its merit.
As a company providing emerging technology products and support, you are susceptible to unique exposures and potential lawsuits either by not doing the work correctly (errors) or not doing it at all (omissions). Lawsuits can arise claiming the error or omission harmed your client and caused them a financial loss.
Professional liability insurance protects you and your business from potentially catastrophic litigation caused by charges of professional negligence or failure to perform your professional duties. This might include errors and omissions resulting in loss of client data, software or system failure, claims of non-performance, or negligent oversell.
When a fire, theft, or another type of disaster strikes, your commercial property and everything within it can suffer a significant loss. This can have a detrimental effect on your technology business.
Commercial property insurance can help protect the property your business owns or leases, including things like equipment, inventory, furniture, and fixtures. Whether you own your building or lease your workspace, commercial property insurance can be purchased separately or can be combined with other necessary coverage to protect your business’ physical assets.
Computers, phone systems, steam boilers and other equipment are susceptible to exposures not normally covered under your basic policy. While repairs are being made, you can lose valuable time and suffer diminished profits. More often than not, business interruption, extra expense and recovery costs can outweigh the damage to the equipment itself.
Systems breakdown insurance can cover more than the cost to repair or replace your equipment. It can cover lost income if you need to temporarily shut down, the extra expenses needed to continue running your business while equipment is being fixed or the losses and expenses your business may incur if normal operations are interrupted by an off-site equipment-related failure.
What would you do if a pipe leak impacted the operation of your business and prevented you from serving clients for a day or more? Or what if a hacker or cyber-criminal caused a system outage or extended downtime, leaving your business inoperable? These and other events can destroy your ability to serve clients and bring in revenue, which can have a major long-term impact on the viability of your business.
Business income insurance compensates you for lost income if your company cannot operate as normal due to disaster-related damage that is covered under your commercial property insurance policy.
If one of your employees receives an injury or becomes ill due to a work-related occurrence, you are required by law to have the proper coverage in place.
Workers' compensation protects your employees should a job-related injury or sickness occur during the course of employment. This coverage is required by law and may vary by area, so be sure that you understand your obligations for all physical locations where your business operates in and all physical locations where you hire your employees.
As a technology business, you have many exposures associated with your business vehicles, whether they are owned or leased. With a fleet of cars, trucks, vans or other types of vehicles used in the course of business, a single accident can potentially put your technology business in financial jeopardy.
Business auto insurance provides coverage for vehicles owned or leased by your technology business and provides coverage for bodily injury, property damage, and other exposures, and could include comprehensive and collision coverage as well.
Losses and lawsuits are quite common in business and settlements can be substantial. If your technology business is found to be responsible for damage or injury to a third party, you could be facing a large liability loss that exceeds the basic limits of your standard policy.
You should consider purchasing a commercial umbrella insurance policy which provides higher limits, typically between $2,000,000 and $10,000,000, and often broadened coverages. Coverage is extended over various policies, including general liability insurance, business auto, and directors and officers liability insurance.
The Internet has spun a whole new web of liability exposures. E-commerce, social networking, cloud storage, and other technologies bring great benefits to large and small businesses alike. But with these benefits also come challenges, including protection of privacy, data, and financial information of your customers. If this information is lost, stolen, or compromised, your company is at risk. In fact, you may even be required by law to alert those impacted by the breach and to pay for any financial loss incurred.
Cyber liability coverage offers protection due to unauthorized access to electronic data or software within your network. It also provides coverage for spreading a virus, computer theft, extortion, or any unintentional act, mistake, error, or omission made by an employee. This coverage is quickly becoming more and more important as you embrace technology to help run your business.
The business side of technology.
As the owner of a business in the tech industry, focusing on growth and innovation should be your primary goal. By having coverage in place, you may be able to set aside potential roadblocks. Here are some of the main types of coverage that may be included in your technology firm insurance policy:
- Commercial Umbrella
- Cyber Liability
- Errors and Omissions Liability
- Excess Liability Coverage
- Professional Liability
- Systems Breakdown
Understanding the insurance needs of the tech industry.
The specific insurance needs of technology firms and IT businesses are as unique as the businesses themselves. Because of this, there are important considerations to make when choosing a policy and coverage options for your business. The type of tech business you operate, the scale of your business, and even your location may have an impact on the insurance you should consider.
Keep your business on the leading edge with technology firm insurance. Contact us to go over your coverage needs and options.