Hackers, known for going after large organizations to stealdata, now have an eye toward easy pickings in smaller companies,according to Markel's IT and data-privacy underwriting expert.

Jake Kouns, Markel's senior director of technology, left his jobin IT to join Markel six years ago and is determined to ridbusinesses of the “it-can't-happen-to-me” attitude toward insurancefor data breaches.

“The risk is real, and it doesn't matter what the size of yourorganization is,” he said at the National Association ofProfessional Surplus Lines Offices convention, held in San DiegoOct. 10-12.

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