12 Key Facts About the True Costs of Data Breaches

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1 - 12 Key Facts About the True Costs of Data Breaches12 Key Facts About the True Costs of Data Breaches

Organizations can reduce the cost of breaches when they have the right processes and protections in place to minimize exposure, a new study concludes.

2 - Biggest BreachesBiggest Breaches

The root causes of the breaches were hacking/malware (35%), unauthorized access (27%) and physical theft (23%).

3 - Financial LossesFinancial Losses

31% of companies estimated their post-breach costs ranged from $1,000 to $100,000; 31% said losses were more than $1 million; 27% reported losses from $500,000 to $50 million, and 23% experienced losses from $100,000 to $500,000. Only 8% said costs were greater than $100 million.

4 - Data Protection BenefitsData Protection Benefits

81% of companies had a data classification program prior to breaches, keeping the cost of clean-up low for the majority of companies.

5 - Detection to RemediationDetection to Remediation

Slightly more than 23% of companies needed one day to one week, one week to one month, and one to three months to fully remediate breaches. 38% said it took three months or longer to fully remediate their breaches.

6 - Lingering ImpactLingering Impact

Less than 35% had no lingering effects after remediation, while 4% don’t know of lingering effects. The remaining respondents experienced effects for one month or more.

7 - Customer and Reputation CostsCustomer and Reputation Costs

62% of companies had to notify customers, while 64% said their breach did not receive media attention.

8 - Post-Breach ServicesPost-Breach Services

Sensitive financial data was breached in 42% of the breaches; 27% of those companies still pay for credit monitoring services, 23% for information hotlines and 19% for credit card reissuance fees.

9 - Post-Breach CostsPost-Breach Costs

50% of companies used in-house services only, while 46% used a combination of in-house and third-party services and 4% relied on external consulting support.

10 - Legal CounselLegal Counsel

73% of companies also used internal counsel, while 19% hired outside counsel that specialized in post-breach services.

11 - Cyber-InsuranceCyber-Insurance

More than 50% of companies said cyber-insurance was not applicable because they did not have a policy (28%) or they were self-insured (28%). Additionally, 16% said their total losses were covered, while 12% said losses were only partially covered.

12 - New Tools and ControlsNew Tools and Controls

58% of companies invested in new tools for forensics and data recovery as part of the breach response, priced from $3,500 to $300,000. More than 70% also added a mix of administrative, physical and technical controls.

13 - Be PreparedBe Prepared

Pre-breach recommendations: catalog major business processes; identify processes that handle critical or sensitive data; create an access control system; identify what assets hold or carry that data; determine what data is likely to be stolen, and determine the types of disruptions.


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