$9.2M is average cost of a healthcare data breach, IBM says

Becker's Health IT

Jackie Drees

At an average of $9.23 million per incident, healthcare leads as the top industry for the most expensive data breach costs, according to IBM.

For its 2021 Cost of a Data Breach report, IBM and the Ponemon Institute analyzed data breaches of 100,000 records or less experienced by more than 500 organizations worldwide from May 2020 to March 2021.

Five report findings:

1. Data breaches in healthcare were the most expensive by industry at $9.23 million on average; that cost increased by $2 million from last year.

2. The average cost for mega...

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