Kaspersky Labs has issued its annual report on “Measuring the Financial Impact of IT Security on Businesses” after surveying more than 4000 business representatives from 25 different countries. Some key findings of the report:
- The cost of a single security incident for small to medium businesses averages over $86,000 and for large businesses over $860,000
- In the past twelve months, thirty-eight percent of the businesses surveyed had experienced a virus or malware incident causing lost productivity
- Thirty-six percent of responding businesses had experienced inappropriate use of IT resources by employees in the past year
- The bulk of the cost for responding to a security incident comes in the form of additional internal staff wages, followed by lost business (for small to medium businesses) and damage to credit rating or increased insurance premiums (for large businesses)
- The longer the business takes to react and respond to a security incident, the greater the financial impact will be
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