Computer security problems continue to cause companies to bleed money. On average, each gap costs companies $ 3.86 million , according to an IBM Security report.

At least 8 out of 10 incidents end with exposing customers’ personally identifiable information , which is precisely the most costly breach organizations face. The impact of those incidents in which attackers used stolen credentials to access corporate networks totals $ 4.77 million.

The second most costly cause of security breaches is exploiting vulnerabilities, valued at $ 4.5 million.

IBM Security explains that data breaches caused by states are the most serious at the cost level, at $ 4.43 million, above those that depend on cybercriminals and hacktivists.

The problem may be exacerbated in the coming months due to teleworking and the increased adoption of cloud infrastructures to combat the limitations arising from the coronavirus pandemic. And, according to another IBM study, more than half of employees who work from home have not received new guidelines on how to handle customer data.

The companies best prepared to combat potential incidents would be those that take advantage of security automation technology, including artificial intelligence.

«When it comes to the ability of companies to mitigate the impact of a data breach, we are beginning to see a clear advantage for companies that have invested in automated technologies,» said Wendi Whitmore, vice president of IBM. X-Force Threat Intelligence.

«At a time when companies are expanding their digital footprint at a rapid pace and the security industry talent shortage persists, teams are overwhelmed by having to secure more devices, systems and data,» Whitmore indicates. «Security automation is solving this burden, not only enabling a faster response to breaches, but also a significantly more cost-effective response.»