More than half of media and entertainment firms experienced three or more cyberattacks over a 12-month period, according to a new survey from specialist insurer Hiscox.
“Media and entertainment firms are uniquely vulnerable to cyber crime,” Hiscox said in a news release. “High-profile products and complex production processes, coupled with the media and entertainment industry’s extensive use of outside vendors, give cyber criminals more opportunities to attack.”
The survey found that 51% of media and entertainment firms had experienced three or more cyberattacks over a 12-month period – and found that one third of respondents were sceptical or not confident that their vendors’ cybersecurity strategies would protect their intellectual properties and assets.
Other findings included:
- Viruses were the most common form of cyberattack in the industry, cited by 36% of survey respondents. Phishing scams were cited by 29%, and data breaches by 28%.
- Many firms underestimate the level of cyber risk in the industry, or overestimate their own security; 79% of media and entertainment firms were confident that their cybersecurity strategy would prevent an attack.
- The industry is underinsured for cyber risks. Forty per cent (40%) of respondents said they were either not insured or not covered for cyber incidents under their existing insurance.