Mar 07 2019

RSA 2019: Measuring the Impact of a Breach

There are few things that are more terrifying to an organization than a data breach. But how do you successfully measure and quantify the impact? Verizon's annual Data Breach Investigations Report highlights the overall impact of breaches across a swath of industries. To better understand how organizations can measure the impact of a breach, we asked Suzanne Widup, a senior analyst with Verizon, to give us insight into the methodology that goes into putting these reports together.

View more of our coverage from the 2019 RSA Conference and gain insight into how the conversation on cybersecurity is growing and evolving.


    • Suzanne Widup, Senior Analyst, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

Video Highlights

  • There are 36 indicators of impact that show not just a dollar amount but a wide range of ways that companies might be affected by a breach.
  • A breach is, in many ways, like a tornado hitting a city. A small town with few resources will take longer to recover than larger city with more resources.
  • Organizations should look at the indicators identified in Verizon's report and ensure they're accounting for those things in their security planning.