Malicious Attacks Are Most Costly Type of Data Breach

A new study from the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Symantec has found malicious or criminal attacks are the most costly type of data breach an organization can experience.

The study was based on analyses of data breaches occurring in nine countries across 16 industries, including healthcare.

Across industries, malicious attacks cost an average of $277 per compromised record in the U.S., and the study estimated that number could be even higher in the healthcare industry.

The study also found healthcare industry data breaches were overall the most costly when compared to the average cost of data breaches caused by all sources across the 16 industries included in the study.  

The study's findings were based on survey responses from 277 organizations that had experienced a data breach involving 100 to 100,000 compromised records.

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