"U.S. financial services companies lost on average $23.6 million from cybersecurity breaches in 2013, which represent the highest average loss across all industries." According to the authors of Deloitte's recent report, Transforming cybersecurity - New approaches for an evolving threat landscape.
"To underscore the rapid rise in cyber threats, this number is 43.9 percent higher than in 2012, when the industry was ranked third, after the defense and utilities & energy industries."
Deloitte highlights a Bloomberg Government/Ponemon Institute reportthat calculates financial services companies would "face the steepest increase in spending to reach an ideal state of protection, — 13-fold rise to $292.4 million per company to fend off 95 percent of cyber attacks." This would also explain why 44 percent of global financial services firms cited "lack of sufficient funding as the primary barrier to implementing an effective IT security program."
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