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Cost Of A Data Breach Jumps By 23%
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User Rank: Ninja
10/15/2014 | 10:31:02 AM
Pressure points for change
Good article.  It is helpful to see generalized quantification of the costs related to IR and breach remediation.

But I have found that compliance pressure still has an upper hand on changing security programs within organizations.  If an organization cannot resolve audit findings, there is more and more pressure from the regulatory side of the house when they threaten to cut funding or accesses necessary for business to continue.  It seems that organization managers feel more immediate pressure from these forms of punishment.  It is a known known as opposed to an known unknown.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
10/15/2014 | 9:54:23 AM
Re: Cost of a breach
"I guess you are only fined when you fail an audit, but not when you are breached."

Great point, @jsturonas600 Says a lot about regulatory effectiveness (or lack thereof)
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
User Rank: Ninja
10/14/2014 | 10:09:47 PM
The real cost of security
The better it's understood what these attacks really cost, the better financed the security team is likely to be. In the end, secure cloud operations, if such a thing doesn't become an oxymoron, will be a powerful argument to do enterprise computing there. It's easier to impose security on a more uniform environment than on a complex, heterogeneous enterprise environment.  
User Rank: Apprentice
10/14/2014 | 10:07:00 PM
Re: Cost of a breach
In many states, public companies that are breached have to pay for public notification of the event, then pay for every affected consumer to get credit services. Couldn't those charges be considered "de facto fines"?
User Rank: Apprentice
10/14/2014 | 9:29:04 PM
Cost of a breach
it is interesting that while we hear about the importance of compliance for regulations around protecting sensitive information, the cost of a breach does not seem to include any fines from the industry that are regulating the sensitive information. Maybe there are fines, but they pale in comparison to the other losses, but I am not aware of any fines being issued for any of the most recent breaches. I guess you are only fined when you fail an audit, but not when you are breached. 
User Rank: Moderator
10/14/2014 | 4:00:54 PM
Those malicious insiders...
 "The most expensive attacks are malicious insiders, denial of service, web-based attacks and malicious code. Malware attacks are most frequently encountered and, hence, represent a relatively low unit cost."

Malicious insiders still a key threat.  This definitely ties into the need for more practive controls including employee training, but also ensuring the right data policies are in place to make sure users only have access to what they should have access to based on role.  Additionally, ensuring that the right policies are in place to deal with removing users from access, and managing the right controls for third parties and contractors.
Kelly Jackson Higgins
Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
10/14/2014 | 3:55:09 PM
Re: Cost +
Those would definitely be interesting elements in the fallout analysis, @IMjustinkern. As we've seen, stock prices tend to rebound fairly well in some of the big retail companies. =)
User Rank: Strategist
10/14/2014 | 3:52:41 PM
Cost +
Ponemon always does a solid job with these surveys. Sobering but important to put financial figures behind this. I wonder if there's a way for future surveys to summarize "secondary" sources of fiscal damage? I'm thinking drops in stock value? Or something noting how many people were canned or resigned from a huge breach? I don't think these figures would be out of line in the "cost" side of a breach and would certainly catapult the impact.
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