Cybersecurity Risk

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Chris Florackis

University of Liverpool (UK)

Christodoulos Louca

Cyprus University of Technology

Roni Michaely

The University of Hong Kong; ECGI

Michael Weber

University of Chicago - Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: March 17, 2022

Abstract

Using textual analysis and comparing cybersecurity-risk disclosures of firms that were hacked to others that were not, we propose a novel firm-level measure of cybersecurity risk for all US-listed firms. We then examine whether cybersecurity risk is priced in the cross-section of stock returns. Portfolios of firms with high exposure to cybersecurity risk outperform other firms, on average, by up to 8.3% per year. At the same time, high-exposure firms perform poorly in periods of high cybersecurity risk. Reassuringly, the measure is higher in information-technology industries, correlates with characteristics linked to firms hit by cyberattacks, and predicts future cyberattacks.

Keywords: Cyber attacks, Risk Disclosures, Textual Analysis, Stock returns

JEL Classification: G14, G12, G32

Suggested Citation

Florackis, Chris and Louca, Christodoulos and Michaely, Roni and Weber, Michael, Cybersecurity Risk (March 17, 2022). Review of Financial Studies, Forthcoming, Chicago Booth Research Paper No. 20-47, Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper No. 20-108, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3725130 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3725130

Chris Florackis

University of Liverpool (UK) ( email )

The Management School
University of Liverpool
Liverpool, L 697ZH
United Kingdom

Christodoulos Louca

Cyprus University of Technology ( email )

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Cyprus

Roni Michaely

The University of Hong Kong ( email )

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Michael Weber (Contact Author)

University of Chicago - Finance ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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