In recent years, businesses have experienced a significant rise in the cost of data breaches, particularly in the United States [2]. This increase [1], which now averages $4.45 million, represents a 15% growth over the past three years. Various factors contribute to this surge in costs, including the lack of security automation and incident response protocols [1]. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the situation by necessitating remote work and digital transformation, leading to increased cybersecurity risks [1].


The rise in data breach costs can be attributed to several factors. Firstly, the absence or underrepresentation of security automation and incident response protocols has left businesses vulnerable to cyber attacks. This lack of preparedness has resulted in significant financial losses. Secondly, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizations to adopt remote work policies, which have increased the likelihood of cybersecurity breaches. Furthermore, the global digital disruption caused by the pandemic has compelled many businesses to transition their operations to the cloud [1], thereby amplifying the costs associated with cyber attacks. Detecting and containing data breaches has proven to be a challenge for businesses, often taking months to diagnose and mitigate [1]. Consequently, third-party lawsuits related to data breaches have seen a surge.


The impact of data breaches on businesses is substantial, with costs reaching unprecedented levels. To mitigate the risks associated with third-party breaches, organizations must prioritize effective non-employee risk management practices. This includes implementing security automation and incident response protocols [1], as well as investing in robust cybersecurity measures. As the digital landscape continues to evolve, businesses must remain vigilant and adapt their security strategies accordingly. By doing so, they can minimize the financial and reputational damage caused by data breaches and safeguard their operations in the face of emerging threats.