Small Businesses Pay Up to $1M to Recover from Breaches

Small Businesses Pay Up to $1M to Recover from Breaches

Over half (58%) of US small businesses have suffered a security or data breach, with most paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to cover the costs, according to a new study from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC).

According to the US Small Business Administration, there are nearly 32 million businesses with fewer than 500 employees. To find out more about how they’re impacted by cyber-attacks, the ITRC polled 417 small business owners.

The non-profit’s 2021 Business Aftermath Report revealed that many suffer a serious business impact from breaches.

Of those hit by a breach, three-quarters experienced at least two, and a third said they had suffered at least three incidents.

Over two-fifths (44%) spent $250,000-$500,000 to cover the costs of the breach, while 16% said they were forced to fork out between $500,000-$1m. 

Unsurprisingly, over a third (36%) admitted that this outlay put their business into debt, while a similar number (34%) said they had to dip into cash reserves to bail themselves out. A further 15% were forced to reduce headcount as a result.

The majority of respondents said it took them several years to recover

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