HSB BI&I Study Shows 87 Percent of Canadian Businesses Experienced Hacking Incidents

Poll of Risk Managers Indicates Companies are Vulnerable

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Almost 90 percent of Canadian businesses have experienced at least one
hacking incident in the last year, according to a study of business risk
managers released today by The Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company
of Canada (HSB BI&I), part of Munich Re.

More than half (60 percent) believe their companies are dedicating
enough money or trained and experienced personnel to combat the
evolution of hacking techniques, yet 42 percent do not have cyber
insurance coverage.

“With the prevalence of cyber attacks in Canada, there is a clear
discrepancy among risk managers’ perceptions and the level of exposure
their companies face from hacking activity,” said Derrick Hughes, vice
president for HSB BI&I. “Hackers have evolved and so have the risks.
Businesses must do more to protect their sensitive information and
manage any data breaches.”

Of the risk managers studied, 66 percent represented large enterprises,
followed by 28 percent at mid-sized organizations and 6 percent at
small-businesses.

The survey revealed a notable uptick in awareness and concern about
cyber risk following the recent passage of The Digital Privacy Act (Bill
S-4). Nearly 70 percent of risks managers said they would be more
inclined to purchase cyber insurance coverage for their company due to
the new data breach notification requirements.

Concerns about the type of information being breached ranged from
sensitive corporate information (50 percent) to personally identifiable
information (42 percent) to financial information (8 percent).

When asked about the type of risk management services they would be most
interested in deploying to combat cyber risk, risk managers point to
intrusion detection and penetration testing (40 percent), encryption (24
percent) and employee education programs (19 percent).

Survey Methodology

HSB BI&I’s 2015 Cyber Poll was conducted on-site at the Risk and
Insurance Management Society Conference Canada (RIMS Canada) in Quebec
City on September 28, 2015. It is intended to represent the sentiments
of 102 risk manager attendees who participated through in-person
interviews, and represented small (1-99 employees), mid- (100-999
employees) and large-sized (1,000+ employees) businesses in the
following industries: Utilities & Energy; Mining; Aerospace, Defense &
Security; Manufacturing; Public Sector; Technology; Financial Services;
Medical / Healthcare; Retail.

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combination of specialty coverages, engineering-based risk management
strategies, and an in-house team of jurisdictional and loss-prevention
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world. With premium income of around €27bn from reinsurance alone, it is
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