Average cost of data breaches on the rise in Canada: IBM

Forty-two percent of Canadian data breaches are caused by malicious attacks


The average cost of a data breach is on the rise in Canada, according to IBM’s new ‘Cost of a Data Breach’ report released on July 29th.

The report reveals that Canada placed third behind the Middle East and the United States, recording the third-highest average data breach cost at $6.35 million CAD. This figure is a 6.7 percent increase from 2019.

Forty-two percent of Canadian data breaches are caused by malicious attacks, according to the report. Thirty-five percent are due to a system glitch, while 23 percent are from human error.

The average total cost of a data breach caused by a malicious attack is $7.11 million, while the cost of a breach caused by a system glitch is $5.83 million.

A breach caused by human error averages $5.74 million. Further, the cost per lost or stolen records in 2020 is $269, which is a 7.2 percent increase from last year.

IBM notes that 80 percent of the breaches studied resulted in the compromise of customers’ personally identifiable information (PII), which made up the most expensive type of compromised record, exceeding IP and employee PII.

“Despite representing a smaller portion of malicious breaches, state-sponsored attackers proved costlier to businesses compared to hacktivist and financially motivated attacks,” the report notes.

It’s important to note that the average time to identify a data breach since 2019 has decreased from 176 to 168 days, while the global average is 207 days. The average time to contain a data breach has improved from 65 to 58 days, and the global average is 73 days.

IBM notes that a total of 26 companies participated in the 2020 study, and that it looks at six years of historical data.

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Source: IBM

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