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Third Party Cybersecurity Failures Cost Businesses the Most – Reports


The average cost of a cybersecurity incident is growing. According to the report ‘IT Security: cost-center or strategic investment?’, the most costly cybersecurity breaches for businesses of all sizes result from the failures of third parties, which means that companies should not only invest in their own protection, but also pay attention to that of their business partners.

The joint study from Kaspersky Lab and B2B International asserts,more companies are investing in cybersecurity regardless of ROI (63% in 2017 compared to 56% in 2016).

Strategic investment and the share of IT budgets that is being spent on IT security is growing, reaching almost a quarter (23%) of IT budgets in large corporations. This pattern is consistent across businesses of all sizes, including very small businesses where resources are usually in short supply. However, while security appears to be receiving a larger proportion of the IT budget pie, the pie itself is getting smaller. For example, the average IT security budget for enterprises in absolute terms dropped from $25.5M last year to $13.7M in 2017.

This is a concern for businesses, especially given the fact that – unlike IT security budgets – security breaches aren’t getting cheaper to recover from. This year, SMBs paid an average of $87.8K per security incident (compared to $86.5k in 2016), while enterprises faced an even larger increase of $992K in 2017, compared to $861K in 2016.

In the case of industrial organizations, ineffective cybersecurity has shown to have cost them up to $497k per year from incidents, apart from real damages the attacks inflict on the physical world. Every second ICS company has experienced between one and five incidents last year, according to a survey by Kaspersky Lab and Business Advantage.

Nonetheless, raising IT security budgets is only part of the solution, as the most staggering losses stem from the incidents involving third parties and their cyber-failures. SMBs had to pay up to $140K for incidents affecting infrastructure hosted by a third party, while enterprises lost nearly two million dollars ($1.8M) as a result of breaches affecting suppliers that they share data with, and $1.6M because of IaaS-providers’ insufficient levels of protection.

As soon as a business gives another organization access to its data or infrastructure, weaknesses in one may affect them both. This issue is becoming increasingly important as governments worldwide rush to introduce new legislations, requiring organizations to provide information about how they share and protect personal data.

‘’While cybersecurity incidents involving third parties prove to be harmful to businesses of all sizes, their financial impact on a company has the potential to result in twice as much damage. This is because of a wider global challenge – with threats moving fast, but businesses and legislation changing slowly. When regulations like GDPR become enforceable and catch up with businesses before they manage to update their policies, the fines for non-compliance will further add to the bill”, says AlessioAceti, Head of Enterprise Business Division at Kaspersky Lab.

To help businesses with their IT security strategies, based on the industry threat landscape and specific recommendations, Kaspersky Lab introduces the Kaspersky IT Security Calculator. This business tool is an ultimate guide to the cost of IT security based on the average budgets being spent (by region, industry and company size), security measures, the major threat vectors, money losses and tips on how to avoid a compromise.

The company also developed Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity (KICS) to address the unique security requirements of industrial environments, increasingly the target of vicious cyber espionage and cyber terrorism in recent years.

“Kaspersky Lab’s recent recognition from this year’s Asian Manufacturing Awards in Singapore as the Best Industrial Cyber Security Provider, based on the demonstrated capability of KICS, shows our competence and commitment to help secure not just business of all sizes but even the most complex of infrastructure that the public relies on,” says Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director at Kaspersky Lab Asia Pacific.

Kaspersky Lab offers solutions that cover the various needs of SMB and enterprise companies related to endpoint protection, DDoS protection, cloud security, advanced threat defense and cybersecurity services.

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