The Cost of a Data Breach Report equips IT, risk management and security leaders with quantifiable evidence to help them better manage their security investments, risk profile and strategic decision-making processes. The 2023 edition represents this report’s 18th consecutive year.
This year’s research—conducted independently by Ponemon Institute and sponsored, analyzed and published by IBM Security®—studied 553 organizations impacted by data breaches that occurred between March 2022 and March 2023.
The years mentioned in this report refer to the year the report was published, not necessarily the year of the breach. The breaches studied took place across 16 countries and regions and in 17 different industries.
Throughout this report, we’ll examine the root causes and both short-term and longterm consequences of data breaches. We’ll also explore the factors and technologies that enabled companies to limit losses—as well as those that led to increased costs.