Real estate finance firms "are subject to the weakest link (security breaches) just like anyone else," says Bob Childress, CEO of Solace Insurance and 30-year industry veteran, especially smaller-size companies.

Cybercrime reports about data security breaches caused by bad guys in another country tend to overshadow great "internal risks that are rarely in the news" unless the name of the company is well known to most readers, like Target, he explains.

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