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Results of the 2013 Information Security Breaches Survey published

The 2013 results from the long-running Information Security Breaches Survey have been published. The research is commissioned annually by the UK government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The 2013 research found that:

  • 87 percent of small firms - up 10 percent - experienced a security breach last year. 93 percent of large organizations were also targeted.
  • Affected companies experienced around 50 percent more attacks on average than a year ago.
  • The average cost of the worst security breach for small organizations was £35,000 to £65,000.
  • The average cost for large organizations was between £450,000 and £850,000.
  • The median number of breaches suffered was 113 for a large organization and 17 for a small business.
  • Several individual breaches cost more than £1 million.
  • 78 percent of large organizations were attacked by an unauthorised outsider (up from 73 percent a year ago) and 63 percent of small businesses (up from 41 percent a year ago)
  • 81 percent of respondents reported that senior management had not been able to put in place effective security, even though it was classed a high priority.
  • 84 percent of large businesses report staff-related cyber breaches (the highest figure ever recorded) and 57 percent of small businesses (up from 48 per cent a year ago).

Read the Information Security Breaches Survey technical report (PDF).

•Date: 23rd April 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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