In 2012, the Ponemon Institute released its “Aftermath of a Data Breach Study”. Sponsored by Experian Data Breach Resolution, it examined what steps companies took to recover following a data breach associated with customer/consumer data. Its findings were comprised of 584 corporate officers from companies reporting a data breach within the previous 24 months.

Two important findings from the study:

  • Forty-four percent of the respondents indicated they could not determine the root cause of the breach.
  • When the root cause was known, fifty percent of the data breaches were attributed to either a negligent or a malicious insider.

The study also found more organizations are investing in security event management (SEIM) tools to provide proactive monitoring and response to internal systems.
The full study can be read here: