$3.86 million is an average expense when dealing with a data breach

01.09.2020

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According to the recent IBM study, $3.86 million is an average expense when dealing with a data breach.

Misconfigured clouds increased breach costs by $500,000, whereas state-sponsored incidents became the most impactful.

500 organisations which experienced data breaches were studied during the survey, and 3200 security specialists who dealt with a data leakage within a year took part in the research. 80% of the breaches which were examined appeared to have displayed Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and cost more than other breaches.

About 40% of leakages affected employee credentials or were caused by cloud misconfigurations (cloud errors were exploited in 20% of all the cases).

1/5 of all the breaches happened because there were credentials used which had already leaked before and hadn’t been changed since then.


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Among the companies which couldn’t prevent a breach, those maintaining no incident response mechanisms paid about $5.29 million, and those which had at least some measures taken to protect their assets were to cover the costs $3 million lower, making a beneficial difference.