The Ponemon Institute 2014 Cost of Data Breach Study was recently released. According to the research, the average total cost of a data breach has increased 15% over the previous year. The average cost paid for each lost or stolen record containing confidential information has increased more than 9% (from $136 in 2013 to $145). Remember that this was a global study and the costs are averages. Costs in the US are much higher at around $201 per record lost or stolen. Can your organization afford this?

The same study also lists four factors that significantly reduce the cost per record. A CISO (or position responsible for information security) reduces the cost by $6.50 per record. A good business continuity management and incident response plan reduce the cost further by around $20 per record. Last and the most cost savings (of approximately $14 per record) are achieved by a strong security posture. So given this data, is investing in information security worth it to your organization?

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