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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.

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Ponemon Data Cited in CNN Travel Tips Column

The Ponemon Institute's April 22 study, The Cost of a Lost Laptop, was used by CNN.com writer Debra Alban in her recent Road Warriors article, How To Safeguard Your Data As You Travel.  Alban cited the $49,246 figure as the total cost impact of a lost laptop, as well as the nearly $20,000 difference when data on a lost laptop is encrypted.  Among the tips offered in Alban's article:

Use Encryption

Turn off wireless connection when not in use

Use anti-glare filters to prevent eavesdropping

Back-up data regularly

Ask wireless service provider to wipe out info on lost mobile devices

Connect via VPN whenever possible