06 May 2012

Information Security Breaches Survey 2012

The week before last, PwC/BIS published the 2012 UK Information Security Breaches Survey.

45% of large organisations breached data protection laws in the last year (and this happened at least once a day at one in ten of them)

The report contains plenty of useful data, and helpfully the findings are generally grouped by smaller and larger organisations to aid understanding of their significance to other groups. It is difficult to tease application-specific data from the report. I probably found the pages about the impact of serious security breaches where business disruption and incident response costs, direct, indirect and reputational costs are described. "Serious" was not defined and left to the respondents to decide what it meant to them. The total costs of an incident was found to be £15,000-£30,000 for small businesses and £110,000-£250,000 for large organisations.

The usual warnings apply about understanding the survey respondent base (see page 1 of the report), and any bias in the questions or data relating to the statistics shown.

Posted on: 06 May 2012 at 10:22 hrs

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