The restaurant operator’s weekly grind leaves them many quite stressful elements to focus on! This type of business can demand a nearly obsessive existence of closely examining profit margins, budgets, and the general peril sometimes associated with operation. A survey of 250 busy and very engaged restaurant owners determined that legal liabilities are often overlooked, causing many sudden emergencies and other issues that could leave them reeling.  

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More than half of restaurant operators are not fully up to speed regarding the liabilities and risks of running their business, which include safety hazards, computer security, and other liabilities involving alcohol. Restaurant owners are moving at a breakneck pace just to keep up with the economy in the supply chain right now, with profit margins dominating the idea space for at least three years. Many busy restaurant proprietors may have a preconceived notion that the cost of liability coverage is protection is much greater than what it truly is.

With not much in the way of a very SOLID reference point to understand if anything does go wrong, they are left “flying blind” in a world and an industry that remains quite unforgiving. Two of the most important types of insurance coverage for a restaurant are worker’s compensation insurance and cyber liability insurance. These respectively cover injuries and illnesses on the job, as well as losses that occur from malicious hacking and computer activity.

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Even though worker’s compensation is one of the most common types of business insurance, 115 out of 250 recently surveyed operators remained without coverage. Your business will face the most extreme (and costly!) types of risks if you forego these coverage options and are leaving yourself very open to fines and other noncompliance consequences. Medical costs have risen so drastically that setting foot into an emergency room now can cost $1000 the moment the injury clock begins ticking!

While worker’s compensation coverage is usually mandatory, cyber liability insurance is not a requirement in many states. Ransomware and other malicious attacks can leave quite a scar on your operation, as it is still considered uncharted territory and instigated by criminals who drive a hard bargain. With new mandates in place that require business owners to send out notices to anyone who’s impacted, cyber insurance has quickly become the single most sought-after policy type right now. 

A Broad Reach of Byte Protection: Cyber’s Critical Need

A cyber-attack on a restaurant can shut down systems, cause a loss of income, and suddenly make public critical information such as finances, secret recipes, and guest preference data. With the number of online orders and deliveries increasing drastically, restaurants are now even more susceptible to all types of dangerous fraud occurrences. A comprehensive cyber policy includes risk management resources, including breach coaches, risk assessment, and training for heightened awareness.

Restaurants and other food and beverage operations typically need first-party cyber liability coverage, which provides financial protection against cyber threats. This would help your business recover after an incident such as a hacker accessing your customers’ credit card numbers. Restaurants can add this valuable coverage to their general liability insurance, or their business owners policy. 

What Does Cyber Liability Insurance Help Pay for?

Cyber liability insurance will help pay for:

  • The cost of notifying customers who are affected
  • Valuable credit monitoring services for those affected
  • Public relations campaigns to simplify the recovery process
  • Business interruption losses after the crime occurs
  • Payments for occurrences of cyber extortion
  • Data breach and other vital recovery activities

The Rise of Digital Technology in Restaurants:

During the past few years, the dining industry has undergone a substantial rise in dependence on technology. The COVID-19 pandemic established a need for many kinds of technology as everywhere affected was forced to change their practices to assure survival. Enabling the customer to order and pay digitally became more common, and this made things more susceptible to eminent cyber threats. Your reputation is also at stake and can be tough to regain after a drastic hit.

Keylogging Software tracks every action performed on a computer and opens the door for hackers to take sensitive data quickly. Card Testing occurs when hackers initially make a very small purchase but do some serious financial damage over time. Even though IT teams play a huge role in making assistants very secure, absolute protection against cyber threats can never be 100% guaranteed. Employees are prone to making errors, and other disgruntled individuals could initiate a data breach.

How Cyber Insurance Shields Restaurants from Publicity Perils

Cyber coverage doesn’t just exist for the outright danger of theft and those constantly on the prowl for your information: it also can assist with any legal issues involving media content. Menus and flyers as well as the website itself are needed to create a variety of content. A libelous society has made the possibility of third-party claims for invasion of privacy or infringement more likely than ever before. With covid restrictions, issues such as food allergies, and the frequency of all-you-can-eat specials constantly under scrutiny, this type of coverage is standing by to assist. 

A Culinary Cushion in a Challenging Landscape:

The restaurant industry is one of the most frequently targeted sectors when it comes to organized cybercrime. According to a recent Verizon data breach investigations report, the food service industry made-up for nearly 50% of every documented incident. While serving millions of people every day, the food and beverage industry is a vital yet fragile sector. Contact us at the Alexander Agency of St Charles today and guard your gourmet empire!