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Books, articles and guides on insuring your business.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Why it pays to invest in cyber insurance

The article offers information on the cyber insurance which provides companies with a layer of protection against potentially debilitating financial damages or data loss incident. It mentions cyber insurance policies can also give businesses access to qualified recovery specialists; and also mentions there are many different types of insurance, including policies covering systems being hacked, data loss, data theft and reputational damage, which is often the biggest issue for bigger companies.

Cyber insurance: The Keys to a Good Deal: CFOs and risk managers need to have a firm grasp of the processes insurers use to underwrite corporate cyber-security risks

This article discusses the need for chief financial officers (CFOs) and risk managers to understand the processes used by insurance companies in underwriting corporate cyber-security risks, relative to the ongoing changes in the cyber insurance market.

What CPAs need to know about cyber insurance

The article discusses the importance for accounting firms to understand the nature of cyber attacks and the availability of cyber insurance coverage to effectively protect their organization. It provides overview of the susceptibility of accounting firms to cyber attacks or data breach since they contain sensitive personal and financial information. It also offers description of the most common type of attacks and provides guidance on how to calculate coverage.

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Useful links

Insurance (Business Link)
Guide to insuring your business from Business Link including an interactive tool to help you work out which forms of insurance you need. The Business Link website was replaced on 17 October 2012 but no direct equivalent to this page has been included in the new website. The archived guidance is now available through the UK Government Web Archive. Live information on business insurance is available on the NIBusinessInfo website

Association of British Insurers
The ABI, a lobbying organisation on behalf of the insurance industry, provides insurance advice for businesses and a tool to check an insurance provider is registered with the ABI.

British Insurance Brokers' Association
BIBA represents 'the interests of insurance brokers, intermediaries and their customers'. You can search for insurance brokers who are BIBA members. The website also has a website of insurance guides, including one for small businesses.

Business insurance (ByteStart.co.uk)
The insurance section of ByteStart includes a range of guides on the different types of business insurance you may need, or want to have in place for your business.

Insurance advice (newbusiness.co.uk)
Advice on business insurance from newbusiness.co.uk which provides advice and guidance for small and medium-sized businesses.

Insurance (startups.co.uk)
The insurance section of startups.co.uk provides information on different types of insurance to consider. The website provides news and information to get your small business starting.

Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969: A brief guide for employers
Guidance from the Health and Safety Executive on employers' liability insurance and who needs to have it.

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Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected articles and books

Credit insurance: what is it? why do you need it? what can it do for your business?
Becue, P. (Lannoo, 2013)
This book "clarifies the most important characteristics of credit insurance, focusing in particular on the private credit insurance market and the commercial, financial and economic importance of its products. It explains credit insurance practices and terminology in an easy and accessible manner, complete with numerous practical examples."

Insurance brokers
Grice, M. (Wolters Kluwer, 2013)
This book covers "relevant regulatory, industry, audit, accounting and tax information... both wholesale and retail insurance intermediaries... It also covers the likely impact of the changes to UK GAAP and the effect of IFRS in this area."

Is indemnity the best policy?
Hickman, A. Chartech, No.186. July/August 2013, pp.16-17
Ensuring data protection has become a costly yet fundamental part of modern business. However, even as the threat of cybercrime mounts, UK CIOs (chief information officers) are largely avoiding taking out insurance policies against cyber attacks. There is confusion over what cyber policies actually cover, and a preference to invest in preventative security measures such as firewalls and information security staff.

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