The Ponemon Institute just released its annual Cost of a Data Breach Report which it creates for IBM.
The numbers reveal that data breaches are becoming more expensive. This doesn't come as a surprise, however, it's an important benchmark to track. And it's an important benchmark worth sharing with executive leadership.
2019 Cost of a Data Breach report highlights
If we had to share a few bullet points from the report, it would be these:
- Average global cost of a data breach: $3.92 million
- Most expensive country for a data breach: United States
- Average cost of a U.S. data breach: $8.19 million
- Industry vertical with the most expensive data breach: healthcare
- Average cost of a healthcare data breach: $6.45 million
- Average data breach size: about 25,000 records
Most cybersecurity leaders anticipate a data breach
Dr. Larry Ponemon, founder of the Ponemon Institute, says his research in the last few years shows a growing trend: CISOs and security leaders believe there's a significant chance of a data breach happening to them.
See Most Security Leaders Expect a Data Breach for more on this.
Major risk factors for a data breach
Dr. Ponemon also tells SecureWorld that a major cyber risk factor facing organizations right now is a lack of security talent. Listen to his brief explanation on the ways this plays out:
[RESOURCE: Ponemon 2019 Cost of a Data Breach report]
Dr. Ponemon will keynote SecureWorld Detroit on October 1-2, 2019, sharing about his latest cybersecurity research.