Per Capita Cost of Data Breaches by Industry

Proof Point

Health organizations incurred highest per capita cost of data breaches in 2017 at $380, according to Ponemon study, followed by financial, services, and education industries with $200 or more

Per Capita Cost of Data Breaches by Industry

2017 (US$)

Note: Data based on Ponemon Institute’s 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study that included more than 1,900 individuals from 419 organizations in 11 countries and two regions

Proof Point Findings

  • Data Breaches – Event where records containing personal, medical, and financial information of customers have been lost or stolen due to malicious activity, system glitch, or human error
  • Per Capita Cost – Defined as total cost of data breach, including detection, escalation, notification, post-response, as well as lost business opportunities, divided by number of lost or stolen records
  • High Cost Industries – Ponemon Institute found health organizations had highest per capita cost for data breaches at $380 in 2017, followed by financial ($245), services ($223), and education ($200) sectors
  • Least Cost Sectors – Government, research, media, and transportation organizations incurred least cost per breached record, ranging between $70 and $130
  • Key Growth Drivers – Include increasing number and sophistication of global cyberattacks, and growing volume of data and business processes migrated to cloud



Accommodation and Travel, Consumer Durables, Consumer Non-Durables, Education, Energy, Financial Services, Government (excluding military), Healthcare/Health Sciences, Industrial Manufacturing, Information Technology, Media and Entertainment, Transportation and Logistics, Wholesale and Retail Trade


Date Last Updated

September 3, 2018

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