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Ponemon Institute is pleased to announce the release of Flipping the Economics of Attacks, sponsored by Palo Alto Networks. In this study, we look at the relationships between the time spent and compensation of today’s adversaries and how organizations can thwart attacks. As revealed in this research, while some attackers may be motivated by non-pecuniary reasons, such as those that are geopolitical or reputational, an average of 69 percent of respondents say they are in it for the money.


2015 Cost of Cyber Crime Study: United States

October 9, 2015, 9:00 am

We are pleased to present the 2015 Cost of Cyber Crime Study: United States, the sixth annual study of US companies.  Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, this year’s study is based on a representative sample of 58 organizations in both the public and private sectors. While our research focused on organizations located in the United States, most are multinational corporations.

Cyber crimes continue to be very costly for organizations. We found that the mean annualized cost for 58 benchmarked organizations is $15 million per year.  Last year’s mean cost per benchmarked organization was $12.7 million.  Thus, we observe a $2.7 million (19 percent) increase in mean value. The net increase over six years in the cost of cyber crime is 82 percent.

The complete report is available for download.

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