The cost of a data breach keeps creeping upward. A new study from Ponemon Institute and Symantec calculates that the average cost is $136 per affected record — up from $130 in last year's survey. However, this is the international average — the cost is $188 within the United States.

The number of breached records per incident this year ranged from 2,300 records to more than 99,000 records, Ponemon states. This year, the average per incident settled somewhere around 23,647. Therefore, it can be surmised that the average cost of a security incident for a U.S. company was more than $4.4 million. Compare this with the cost of investing in security software and training.

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