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Cost of Data Breach Grows as does Frequency of Attacks

May 27, 2015, 6:00 am

High-profile data breaches are a wake-up call to enterprises everywhere. Senior executives can view such episodes as cautionary tales that showcase how the theft, misuse or corruption of a small but vital portion of enterprise data can have grave, brand-damaging consequences. Over the past year, the cost of data breaches due to malicious or criminal attacks has increased from an average of $159 to $174 per record.

Will these costs continue to escalate?
Ten years of research, starting with a study of US companies, about data breaches has made us smarter about solutions. Based on the experiences of companies participating in our research, we believe we can predict the probability of a data breach based on two factors: how many records were lost or stolen and the company’s industry.

With the increasing cost and volume of data breaches, IT security is quickly moving from being considered by business leaders as a purely technology issue to a larger business risk. This shift has spurred increased interest in cyber insurance.

Today, the Ponemon Institute released the 2015 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis, sponsored by IBM. To read more about the findings of this year’s report, visit my blog on Security Intelligence.

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