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Much to the dismay of risk managers, chief executives and CIOs across the industry, insurance companies have become targets for hackers attempting to access personally identifiable information (PII) for policyholders. As gatekeepers protecting millions of birth dates, medical histories, home addresses, names of spouses and children, purchasing preferences and even Social Security numbers, insurers are high-value targets for identity thieves. Recent breaches at Anthem and Primera are promoting a fair amount of fear on the part of the public, and insurers are scrambling to lock the front and back doors standing between hackers and vulnerable data assets, but this task is proving easier said than done.

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