A Real-Life exali Damage Event - Loss of Data on Your own Hard Drive
Customer data security is a top priority for everyone who works in the IT sector. This real exali damage event proves that the integrity of your own data can easily be affected by the smallest mistake.
Loss of Working Documents
Data security and reliable data backup has a very high priority in many projects in IT and is taken seriously. Unfortunately, however, we keep seeing that there is often a gap between theory and practice. This is also the case with this damage event where the IT service provider lost their own data as a result of a faux pas.
In doing so, they committed the cardinal error when it comes to data: They forgot to do regular backups. They had saved certain data on only one external hard drive, which was stored most of the time and only used relatively rarely. When the computer specialist wanted to access their electronic work documents at some point, the problems mounted: For some reason, the hard drive was no longer readable.
A Happy Ending in a Roundabout Way
After overcoming the initial shock, our policyholder reported the damage to the exali customer service. After clarifying the facts with the insurer, the insurer approved data recovery measures and assumed the costs.
The computer specialist’s worries, however, weren’t over yet: The first recovery attempt by an external specialist company failed. The efforts nevertheless resulted in costs of just under 350 euros. Due to the importance of the data, a second attempt was made, which cost over 1.700 euros. This time the computer specialist was lucky and gained access to 85 percent of the stored data. That was enough to reconstruct the missing 15 percent and gave the IT service provider full access to their files again.
In “insurance jargon”, such a damage event is known as a “first-party claim”. The IT service provider only caused damage to themselves and not to their client. Why is this detail so important? Many IT indemnity insurance policies only cover damage to a third party (e.g. customer/client).
Also Well-Protected for First-Party Claims
Cases like this, where the insured person suffers damage themselves, are insured through exali Special First-party Claim Insurance at no additional cost. This is an module of financial loss liability that is not customary in the industry.
In this specific case, the policyholder benefited from the extra protection granted by the paragraph “Loss of working documents for order processing” in the insurance conditions. This means that the insurer will reimburse “the required costs for the return or restoration of own documents (including electronic documents) that an insured person requires to complete an engagement.” After subtracting the agreed deductible, the insured IT service provider received a reimbursement of around 1.800 euros, which they would have had to pay for restoring their data without their professional indemnity insurance.
Conclusion: Damage Occurs Inside And Outside a Company
In their daily work for their clients, many self-employed people forget that errors can affect not only their clients, but also their own systems. Such a loss can be a threat to the very existence of the company especially when the data is needed to carry out customer orders.
That’s why Professional lndemnity for Digital Professions from exali, in addition to classic liability cases – namely damage to third parties – certain first-party damage is also insured, which could otherwise endanger your business. This means that you’re well prepared for both third-party and and first-party claims.Not sure which Professional Indemnity Insurance is right for you? Then give us a call. You can reach our insurance experts personally without a call center or waiting queue.