More than a million merchant locations, or about 10% of the nation’s total, now have some form of breach protection through their acquirers, according to the best guess by Robert Halsey, president of Royal Group Services Ltd. LLC, a Troy, Mich.-based insurance brokerage specializing in the payments industry. That figure has grown from perhaps 30,000 in early 2008, Halsey estimates.

Interest in breach protection has been growing more quickly in the last 12 months than in previous years, says Heather Foster, vice president of marketing for ControlScan Inc., an Alpharetta, Ga.-based provider of security services. Like many security-services and Payment Card Industry data security standards compliance providers, ControlScan offers ISOs breach protection.

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