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

Poll of Risk Managers Indicates Companies are Vulnerable

TORONTO--()--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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Almost 90 percent of Canadian businesses have experienced at least one hacking incident in the last year, according to a survey by the Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company of Canada.


Silvana Martins, 416-216-7204
Media Relations