What’s at Stake?
There are many cyber-criminals out there making a living out of hacking into computer networks. It is not only sensitive data they are after. They are also very interested in gaining control over industrial control systems. The stakes are very high when airport control systems, water management systems, traffic control systems or datacenters can be deactivated or controlled by criminals. How much would you pay to stop them from doing that, once they have taken over control?
Surely, the cost of preventing this or at least minimising the risk of this happening is much less than the sum you would pay when taken hostage.