New service quantifies breach impact in real numbers before it happens, empowering decision makers to invest in the right security controls.
Buckinghamshire, UK – What’s the cost of a data breach? Depending on who you ask, anywhere from $200,000 to $3.6 million* and higher. Such averages, while useful in tracking trends, are meaningless when it comes to predicting actual breach impact to a specific company. To help companies predict and manage their risk, F-Secure has introduced Cyber Breach Impact Quantification (CBIQ), a new service that quantifies the cost of cyber breach impact to an organisation.
Client data from F-Secure risk management assessments suggests most large organisations are ill-prepared to handle breaches: While half (50%) have a crisis management team that’s prepared for physical disasters or business disruptions, only a fifth (20%) have a crisis management team capable of effectively leading a cyber crisis. Sixty-five per cent of companies have never run a crisis management exercise to rehearse a cyber incident. Quantifying the cost of a potential breach can help spur organisations to take action to become more prepared and resilient.
“Companies think it’s too difficult to quantify cyber risks so they invest millions in all sorts of controls, just to be on the safe side,” says Marko Buuri, principal risk management consultant at F-Secure. “But they may be investing in the wrong places, and when the actual breach happens, they’re caught off-guard. CBIQ removes that ambiguity, so they know the right level of security investment they’ll need to protect their core assets.”
Predicting breach cost before it happens lets decision makers know how much is actually at stake, enabling them to make informed cyber risk decisions. It empowers them to focus cyber investments in the right places, provides justification for security spending, and informs decisions related to cyber insurance. It also improves the quality of risk reporting, bringing results down to hard numbers.
Expert knowledge + purpose-built simulator tool = Defendable results
When performing a CBIQ assessment, F-Secure consultants workshop with and interview knowledgeable people in the organisation to analyse operational activities. They factor in multiple loss forms associated with breaches, such as costs of forensic investigations, service restoration, legal response, communication activities and business interruption.
Consultants feed these costs into F-Secure’s unique purpose-built simulator tool, which calculates the most likely outcomes and determines the mean and standard deviations in real time. Developed based on years of firsthand expertise investigating and helping organisations recover from real-world cyber breaches, the tool provides quick, cost-effective results and visually clear, understandable reports. The final CBIQ outcome is a risk report based on an organisation’s own cost structure and expected losses.
Buuri says the CBIQ approach differs from usual methods of representing risk in categories such as high, medium or low that are produced by general tools such as Excel. “Where other risk assessments show vague, debatable results, we show definitive numbers based on transparent, justifiable input. Why settle for guesstimates when you can produce a defendable view of the risk?”
CBIQ is a part of F-Secure’s complete risk management service portfolio. Services include Incident Response Maturity Assessments which offer a comprehensive view of the maturity level of a company’s key cyber resilience capabilities, as well as risk process development, crisis management exercises, risk modelling, workshop facilitation and training.
*Rand Corp. estimates the average cost of a data breach is $200,000 https://www.rand.org/pubs/external_publications/EP66656.html. The Ponemon Institute estimates the average cost at $3.6 millionhttps://www.ibm.com/security/data-breach/