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Negligence and glitches create 64% of data breaches

John P. Mello Jr. | June 9, 2013
More than a third of intrusions are pegged to malicious attacks in Ponemon/Symanec report

The Ponemon-Symantec study also noted that the average per-record cost of data breaches around the world increased this year over last -- to $136 from $130. However, those numbers, too, varied by region and breach type.

For example, the most expensive kind of breach is one caused by a malicious attack. In places like the United States, the average per-record loss to a company victimized by such an attack is $277, and in Germany it's $214. By comparison, it's only $71 in Brazil and $46 in India.

The report also made a number of recommendations for preventing data breaches. They include:

  • Educate employees and train them on how to handle confidential information.
  • Use data loss prevention technology to find sensitive data and protect it from leaving your organization.
  • Deploy encryption and strong authentication solutions.
  • Prepare an incident response plan including proper steps for customer notification.


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