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Return on security investment: internal SOCs halve the financial impact of enterprise data breaches

October 2019 by Kaspersky

Enterprises with an internal Security Operation Center (SOC) estimate their financial damage from a cyberattack at £548, which is less than half the average impact cost for all enterprise-level organisations £1.1m), a new survey from Kaspersky and B2B International has revealed.

Every year, data breaches are becoming more expensive for enterprises. In 2019, this cost has risen to £1.1, up from £900,990 million the previous year, the new ‘IT security economics in 2019: how businesses are losing money and saving costs amid cyberattacks’ report by Kaspersky shows. In response to this, large organisations are investing more in cybersecurity: this year enterprise IT security budgets averaged £15.4,, compared to £7.2m in 2018.

As the report demonstrates, investing in security software and IT security professionals brings results. This is reflected in companies with an internal SOC experiencing less damage from data breaches.

Enterprises can look to reduce the financial impact of a data breach by building an internal SOC, responsible for the ongoing monitoring of security events and incident response. Adopting an SOC halves monetary loses from data breaches to just £548k. There are savings for larger SMBs (with 500+ employees) who adopt an SOC as well, with the total financial impact of a data breach for these businesses estimated at £86k, compared to $104k for the average SMB of this size.

The average cost of data breach for enterprises in general and ones with internal SOC

Outsourced SOCs, however, don’t reduce the cost of data breaches for enterprises. Our survey showed that outsourcing security to a Managed Security Service Provider (MSP) may actually increase the financial impact, particularly if the company use an under-qualified subcontractor: 23% of companies that use an MSP experienced a financial impact of between £89k-202k, while only 19% businesses with an in-house IT team reported this level of damage.

Another way to keep the cost of a breach down is by hiring a DPO. This is an employee who is responsible for building and implementing data protection strategy within a company, as well as managing compliance issues. The survey highlighted that more than one-third of organisations (34%) with a DPO that suffered a data breach did not incur any financial loss, compared to only one-fifth (20%) of businesses overall.

“Establishing an internal SOC involves purchasing the necessary tools, building processes and recruiting analysts, which can be a challenge for any business. Likewise, finding a DPO, who can combine IT security and legal knowledge, is not an easy task. These require time and budgets, and security leaders often find it difficult to justify such initiatives. But as we can see, these are worthwhile investments. Of course, just having a dedicated employee or even special subdivision does not guarantee that a company will not suffer a data breach, however, it does ensure that the business is prepared for these incidents, allowing them to recover from an attack more quickly and efficiently,” – comments Veniamin Levtsov, VP, Corporate Business at Kaspersky.

To empower internal SOCs, Kaspersky offers solutions and services, including Kaspersky EDR, Kaspersky Anti Targeted Attack, Kaspersky Threat Intelligence and Kaspersky Cybersecurity Training portfolio. They help to overcome the most common barriers to a working SOC, such as the lack of enterprise-wide visibility or insufficient threat information, as well as improving its performance.

The full report is available here.

About the survey

The Kaspersky Global Corporate IT Security Risks Survey (ITSRS) is a global survey of IT business decision makers, which is now in its 9th year. A total of 4,958 interviews were conducted across 23 countries. Respondents were asked about the state of IT security within their organisations, the types of threats they face and the costs they have to deal with when recovering from attacks. The regions covered consist of LATAM (Latin America), Europe, North America, APAC (Asia-Pacific with China), Japan, Russia and META (Middle East, Turkey and Africa).

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