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Does Your Community Association Need Cyber Protection?

February 14, 2024

Cyber insurance covers data breaches, malware, legal fees, and more for community associations. This coverage is essential in our increasingly connected digital world, where cyberattacks and data breaches are commonplace and growing in sophistication and frequency. In 2023 alone, the average year-over-year cost of a data breach for organizations with fewer than 500 employees increased by over 13%, to $3.31 million. 

A comprehensive community association insurance program protects against such attacks, with coverage for phishing, ransomware, and network intrusions that plague HOAs and community associations.

What You Will Learn

  • Protecting HOAs From Damaging Losses
  • Community Associations Are Soft Targets for Hackers
  • Assessing Vulnerabilities
  • The Role of Cyber Insurance
  • Considerations for Community Associations

Protecting HOAs From Damaging Losses 

Associations today face increased cyber risks due to digital operations and data storage, making technology insurance essential for community associations’ financial and reputational protection. Addressing these threats is critical because cyberattacks can disrupt operations and damage trust. 

Cyber insurance is there to assist with recovering from devastating attacks. It helps community associations by covering legal fees, forensic investigations, affected parties' notifications, credit monitoring, and liability claims.  

Community Associations Are Soft Targets for Hackers

Community associations often have desirable data for cybercriminals. Large member databases, financial data, and other confidential records are examples. Lack of problem awareness, adequate resources, and IT staff threaten small businesses, including community associations. 

By exploiting vulnerabilities, cybercriminals can steal valuable data. Community associations increasingly use technology for operations, communication, and data storage. This dependence puts them at risk of phishing scams, malware, data breaches, and ransomware. These threats compromise sensitive data and can cause significant financial and reputational harm.

Cyber insurance may be required, a trend that will grow. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a 2023 Nevada law applies to HOAs that use third-party vendors or service providers to process homeowner payments. SB378 mandates $5 million in cyberattack insurance for these entities. The requirement protects homeowners and associations from vendor and service provider cyber threats. 

Assessing Vulnerabilities

You can understand your cyber vulnerabilities by identifying sensitive data your association stores or transmits. A thorough risk assessment and cybersecurity protocol assessment reveal your cyber threat exposure and guide a robust cybersecurity strategy.

  • Identify sensitive data: What resident information does your association store and transmit?
  • Evaluate cybersecurity measures: Do you have strong passwords, firewalls, and data encryption protocols?
  • Conduct a risk assessment. Analyze your potential exposure to cyber threats based on your vulnerabilities.

The Role of Cyber Insurance

Cyber insurance plays a pivotal role in the risk management strategy of community associations. It offers a safety net, covering the costs associated with data breaches, cyber extortion demands, and repairs to damaged systems.

You can customize your cyber insurance policies to cover third-party claims and operational disruptions for your community association. A cyber insurance policy can protect your community association from cyberattacks. It covers many expenses, including:

  • Forensic investigation costs: Identifying the source and scope of the attack
  • Data breach notification and credit monitoring: Informing residents and helping them protect themselves
  • Legal fees and regulatory fines: Responding to potential lawsuits and compliance issues
  • Business interruption: Recovering lost data and restoring normal operations

Considerations for Community Associations

Reviewing your digital operations, data sensitivity, and cybersecurity measures is essential when considering whether to get cyber insurance. Conduct a cost-benefit analysis to weigh the cost of premiums against potential savings from cyber incidents. 

To choose the right cyber insurance policy, you must understand the coverage options and how they fit your association's risk profile. Annual costs of cyber insurance range from $500 to $5,000, depending on the organization’s size, location, existing security measures, annual revenue, and other factors. Sahouri Insurance can help design a policy that meets your needs and budget and offers adequate protection.

Community associations cannot ignore the numerous cyber threats plaguing our modern world. Protecting against these cyber risks requires a comprehensive risk management strategy that includes cyber insurance. We invite you to dive deeper into securing your community with our end-of-year insurance checklist designed for community associations at Securing Your Community: End-of-Year Insurance Checklist for Community Associations. Additionally, visit Trend Micro for a broader understanding of cyber insurance and its importance.

Partnering With Sahouri Insurance

Sahouri Insurance offers expertise and support to help community associations navigate the complexities of technology insurance through our technology-driven consulting approach. We advocate for our clients and ensure their insurance solutions are as versatile as their technologies in protecting against unique risks. For the best in service and results in customized advice and solutions for your association, please contact Sahouri today.

As an independent insurance brokerage firm, we guide our Guests through a technology-driven, consulting-based experience that integrates corporate Risk, Health, and Benefits policies through one, centralized Advocacy Team.