The problem with securing data and insuring its safety is that there is simply so much more stored electronically these days that opportunities for outside hackers or insiders to steal valuable, confidential information off a company’s computer systems are growing exponentially, according to those in the insurance industry who make it their business to cover this expanding exposure.

Indeed, “you can take out more data in a thumb drive now than people could take out in a super-computer 10 years ago,” according to Kevin Kalinich, co-national managing director for Professional Risk Solutions at Aon.

The risk of a data breach is very real for companies large and small across almost any industry, noted Mr. Kalinich. He cited a report from the University of California, Berkeley, that more data has been aggregated and stored in the last three years than in the entire history of mankind.

He also noted that between 75 and 85 percent of Fortune 2000 companies have suffered a “material data breach,” meaning there is a growing market for those selling insurance coverage for liability and repair costs, as well as loss control services.

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