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This is the ultimate guide to the cost of IT security. Select the details that match your company to see the average budgets your industry peers spend on IT security (by region, industry, size), what security measures they take, the major threat vectors they encounter, how much money they lose as a result, and what you can do to avoid being compromised. The Calculator has been created as an adjustable tool. The data presented can be updated and/or added to over time based on insights from customers and Kaspersky Lab.
IT security budget in 2018
Data provided by 46 respondents*
North America, Retail & Wholesale, 4 999 employees
IT Security budget makes up 38% of the total IT spend
average
$ 25 678 706
average
$ 25 678 706
max
$ 281 250 000
2018
2021
Expected change to IT security budget in three years
+ 13 %
year
2018
2021
Security measures in place
Data provided by 46 respondents*
North America, Retail & Wholesale, 4 999 employees
Threats experienced in the last 12 months
Data provided by 46 respondents*
North America, Retail & Wholesale, 4 999 employees
67%
Viruses & malware
65%
Physical loss of devices or media
61%
Data breach
61%
DDoS attacks
59%
Incidents affecting virtualized environments
59%
Inappropriate IT resource use by employees
57%
Targeted attacks
57%
Incidents involving non-computing, connected devices
54%
Incidents affecting third party cloud services used by the business
54%
Inappropriate sharing of data via mobile devices
52%
Electronic leakage of data from internal systems
50%
Incidents affecting IT Infrastructure hosted by a third party
48%
Incidents affecting suppliers that the business shares data with
46%
Cryptomalware/ransomware
74%
Any cyberthreat
$ 2 336 116
Average cost of one incident
Recommendations

Retail and wholesale companies rely heavily on the staff they employ. In the digital age, they encounter cyberthreats such as malware, the inappropriate use of IT infrastructure by staff, and the physical loss of devices or media containing sensitive data. While the malware threat can be effectively mitigated by up-to-date information security solutions, including security solutions for POS terminals, the only way to improve the IT security performance of staff is through regular cyber-awareness training.

Retail and wholesale companies in North America have to deal mostly with targeted attacks and incidents affecting IT infrastructure hosted by third parties. In addition, recent incidents with ransomware have highlighted the weak points in these organizations' cyber defenses. Thus, we recommend implementing anti-targeted attack solutions and data center security solutions, in addition to security solutions that are proven to be efficient against ransomware and include special protection for embedded devices.

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*These statistics are based on results from an online survey of 6,687 business representatives from companies with up to 4,999 employees around the world, conducted in 2018 by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International. Statistics based on less than 30 respondents should be used with caution, due to this being a low base.

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