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The drivers of cyber risk

Iñaki Aldasoro, Leonardo Gambacorta (), Paolo Giudici () and Thomas Leach

No 865, BIS Working Papers from Bank for International Settlements

Abstract: Cyber incidents are becoming more sophisticated and their costs difficult to quantify. Using a unique database of more than 100,000 cyber events across sectors, we document the characteristics of cyber incidents. Cyber costs are higher for larger firms and for incidents that impact several organisations simultaneously. The financial sector is exposed to a larger number of cyber attacks but suffers lower costs, on average, thanks to proportionately greater investment in information technology (IT) security. The use of cloud services is associated with lower costs, especially when cyber incidents are relatively small. As cloud providers become systemically important, cloud dependence is likely to increase tail risks. Crypto-related activities, which are largely unregulated, are particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Keywords: cyber risk; cloud services; financial institutions; bitcoin; cryptocurrencies; cyber cost; cyber regulation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D5 D62 D82 G2 H41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 45 pages
Date: 2020-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ban, nep-ict, nep-law and nep-pay
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