Cyber security: long-term cost of most disruptive breach for UK businesses 2019

This statistic displays the average estimated long-term cost of the most disruptive cyber security breach for businesses in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2019, by business size. Large businesses reported that the average long-term cost of their most disruptive breaches amounted to 7,990 British pounds, whereas micro and small businesses reported an average long-term cost of 369 British pounds.
The average direct cost, recovery cost and long-term cost of the most disruptive security breaches and the average cost of all cyber security breaches, depend heavily on the size of the business.
Concerning the size of businesses, micro firms had two to nine employees, small firms had 10 to 49 employees, medium firms had 50 to 249 employees and large firms had 250 employees or more.

Average estimated long-term cost of the most disruptive cyber security breach for businesses in the United Kingdom (UK) as of February 2019

Average cost in GBP
Large businesses7,990
Medium businesses867
Micro/small businesses*369
All businesses466
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Sources

Release date

April 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

October 10, 2018 to December 20, 2018

Special properties

Respondents are UK businesses that identified a breach or attack in the last 12 months

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

*The source adds the following information: "Micro and small firms have been merged to make this analysis more statistically robust"

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