A data breach is every company's waking nightmare. What is the cost of a data breach for your company?Ponemon Institute and IBM Security released the 2020 Cost of a Data Breach Report. Interviews were conducted with more than 3,200 professionals from 524 companies that have experienced a data breach between August 2019 and April 2020. The organizations in the study comprise of various sizes, spanning 17 countries and regions as well as 17 industries.
Remote work during COVID-19 was expected to increase data breach costs and incident response timesThe COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation and altered how organizations around the world operate.
In the study, majority of organizations (76%) predicted that remote work would make responding to a potential data breach a much more difficult to ordeal.
The average total cost of a data breach declined slightly
The average total cost of a data breach declined slightly in this year’s report, from $3.92 million last year to $3.86 million this year. However, there is a growing divide in data breach costs among organizations. Costs were much lower for some of the most mature companies and industries and much higher for organizations that lagged behind in areas such as security automation and incident response processes.
Of 17 industries surveyed, healthcare had the highest average total cost. The average time to identify and contain a breach was 280 days.
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The average total cost of a data breach varied by industry, geography and security maturity.
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