Last year, Aon Inpoint reported about 80 percent of buyers of stand-alone cyber premiums were medium-sized to large companies. However, smaller firms are increasingly assessing their cyber exposure risk as concerns about the potential impact of a cyber incident continue to rise.
“The majority of breaches worldwide occur at companies with 1,000 employees or less because they’re low-hanging fruit for hackers,” explained Ed McGuire, director of specialty insurance at FBinsure. “These companies have minimal IT staff and moderate budgets.”
Prior to this month’s long-anticipated GDPR laws going into effect, the healthcare, financial, and retail industries have been the most frequent targets for highly publicized cyber attacks. Nearly a third of global breaches occur in the healthcare field because patient data is so valuable, and fines for failing to disclose a known breach can climb well into the millions.
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