2017 Ponemon Cost of Data Breach Study

IBM® is proud to sponsor the 12th annual Cost of Data Breach Study, the industry’s gold-standard benchmark research, independently conducted by Ponemon Institute. This year’s study reports the global average cost of a data breach is down 10 percent over previous years to $3.62 million. The average cost for each lost or stolen record containing sensitive and confidential information also significantly decreased from $158 in 2016 to $141 in this year’s study.

However, despite the decline in the overall cost, companies in this year’s study are having larger breaches. The average size of the data breaches in this research increased 1.8 percent to more than 24,000 records.

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Companies face the constant, rising threat of data breaches each year. But the cost of a breach differs for every organization. How much would it cost yours? This interactive experience can help calculate.

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