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IBM Report: Half of Breached Organizations Unwilling to Increase Security Spend Despite Soaring Breach Costs

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AI/Automation cut breach lifecycles by 108 days; $470,000 in extra costs for ransomware victims that avoid law enforcement; Only one third-of organizations detected the breach themselves
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) Security today released its annual Cost of a Data Breach Report,1 showing the global average cost of a data breach reached $4.45 million in 2023 – an all-time high for the report and a 15% increase over the last 3 years. Detection and escalation costs jumped 42% over this same time frame, representing the highest portion of breach costs, and indicating a shift towards more complex breach investigations.
According to the 2023 IBM report, businesses are divided in how they plan to handle the increasing cost and frequency of data breaches. The study found that while 95% of studied organizations have experienced more than one breach, breached organizations were more likely to pass incident costs onto consumers (57%) than to increase security investments (51%).
The 2023 Cost of a Data Breach Report is based on in-depth analysis of real-world data breaches experienced by 553 organizations globally between March 2022 and March 2023. The research, sponsored and analyzed by IBM Security, was conducted by Ponemon Institute and has been published for 18 consecutive years. Some key findings in the 2023 IBM report include:
AI Picks Up Speed – AI and automation had the biggest impact on speed of breach identification and containment for studied organizations. Organizations with extensive use of both AI and automation experienced a data breach lifecycle that was 108 days shorter compared to studied organizations that have not deployed these technologies (214 days versus 322 days).The Cost of Silence – Ransomware victims in the study that involved law enforcement saved $470,000 in average costs of a breach compared to those that chose not to involve law enforcement. Despite these potential savings, 37% of ransomware victims studied did not involve law enforcement in a ransomware attack.Detection Gaps – Only one third of studied breaches were detected by an organization’s own security team, compared to 27% that were disclosed by an attacker. Data breaches disclosed by the attacker cost nearly $1 million more on average compared to studied organizations that identified the breach themselves.”Time is the new currency in cybersecurity both for the defenders and the attackers. As the report shows, early detection and fast response can significantly reduce the impact of a breach,” said Chris McCurdy, General Manager, Worldwide IBM Security Services. “Security teams must focus on where adversaries are the most successful and concentrate their efforts on stopping them before they achieve their goals. Investments in threat detection and response approaches that accelerate defenders speed and efficiency – such as AI and automation – are crucial to shifting this balance.”
Every Second Costs According to the 2023 report, studied organizations that fully deploy security AI and automation saw 108-day shorter breach lifecycles on average compared to organizations not deploying these technologies – and experienced significantly lower incident costs. In fact, studied organizations that deployed security AI and automation extensively saw, on average, nearly $1.8 million lower data breach costs than organizations that didn’t deploy these technologies – the biggest cost saver identified in the report.
At the same time, adversaries have reduced the average time to complete a ransomware attack. And with nearly 40% of studied organizations not yet deploying security AI and automation, there is still considerable opportunity for organizations to boost detection and response speeds.
Ransomware ‘Discount Code’Some studied organizations remain apprehensive to engage law enforcement during a ransomware attack due to the perception that it will only complicate the situation. For the first time this year, the IBM report looked closer at this issue and found evidence to the contrary. Participating organizations that did not involve law enforcement experienced breach lifecycles that were 33-days longer on average than those that did involve law enforcement – and that silence came with a price. Ransomware victims studied that didn’t bring in law enforcement paid on average $470,000 higher breach costs than those that did.
Despite ongoing efforts by law enforcement to collaborate with ransomware victims, 37% of respondents still opted not to bring them in. Add to that, nearly half (47%) of studied ransomware victims reportedly paid the ransom. It’s clear that organizations should abandon these misconceptions around ransomware. Paying a ransom, and avoiding law enforcement, may only drive-up incident costs, and slow the response.
Security Teams Rarely Discover Breaches ThemselvesThreat detection and response has seen some progress. According to IBM’s 2023 Threat Intelligence Index, defenders were able to halt a higher proportion of ransomware attacks last year. However, adversaries are still finding ways to slip through the cracks of defense. The report found that only one in three studied breaches were detected by the organization’s own security teams or tools, while 27% of such breaches were disclosed by an attacker, and 40% were disclosed by a neutral third party such as law enforcement.
Responding organizations that discovered the breach themselves experienced nearly $1 million less in breach costs than those disclosed by an attacker ($5.23 million vs. $4.3 million). Breaches disclosed by an attacker also had a lifecycle nearly 80 days longer (320 vs. 241) compared to those who identified the breach internally. The significant cost and time savings that come with early detection show that investing in these strategies can pay off in the long run.
Additional findings in the 2023 IBM report include:
Breaching Data Across Environments – Nearly 40% of data breaches studied resulted in the loss of data across multiple environments including public cloud, private cloud, and on-prem—showing that attackers were able to compromise multiple environments while avoiding detection. Data breaches studied that impacted multiple environments also led to higher breach costs ($4.75 million on average).Costs of Healthcare Breaches Continue to Soar – The average costs of a studied breach in healthcare reached nearly $11 million in 2023 – a 53% price increase since 2020. Cybercriminals have started making stolen data more accessible to downstream victims, according to the 2023 X-Force Threat Intelligence Report. With medical records as leverage, threat actors amplify pressure on breached organizations to pay a ransom. In fact, across all industries studied, customer personally identifiable information was the most commonly breached record type and the costliest.The DevSecOps Advantage – Studied organizations across all industries with a high level of DevSecOps saw a global average cost of a data breach nearly $1.7 million lower than those studied with a low level/no use of a DevSecOps approach.Critical Infrastructure Breach Costs Break $5 Million – Critical infrastructure organizations studied experienced a 4.5% jump in the average costs of a breach compared to last year – increasing from $4.82 million to $5.04 million – $590K higher than the global average.Additional Sources
To download a copy of the 2023 Cost of a Data Breach Report, please visit: https://www.ibm.com/security/data-breach.Read more about the report’s top findings in this IBM Security Intelligence blog.Sign up for the 2023 IBM Security Cost of a Data Breach webinar on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. ET here.Connect with the IBM Security X-Force team for a personalized review of the findings: https://ibm.biz/book-a-consult.For a closer look at the report recommendations visit: Cost of a Data breach Action Guide.About IBM Security
IBM Security helps secure the world’s largest enterprises and governments with an integrated portfolio of security products and services, infused with dynamic AI and automation capabilities. The portfolio, supported by world-renowned IBM Security X-Force® research, enables organizations to predict threats, protect data as it moves, and respond with speed and precision without holding back business innovation. IBM is trusted by thousands of organizations as their partner to assess, strategize, implement, and manage security transformations. IBM operates one of the world’s broadest security research, development, and delivery organizations, monitors 150 billion+ security events per day in more than 130 countries, and has been granted more than 10,000 security patents worldwide.
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ZA Tech Rebrands as Peak3, Raises US$35M Series A led by EQT

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SINGAPORE, June 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — ZA Tech, the next-generation insurance core system SaaS provider, has rebranded as Peak3. With the successful completion of its US$35 million Series A fundraising from EQT (lead investor) and Alpha JWC Ventures, Peak3 now accelerates its expansion in the EMEA region and investments in complementary data and AI solutions.

In a market dominated by fragmented legacy technology, Peak3 has pioneered a cloud-native, modular insurance core and distribution system that combines comprehensive capabilities for life, health, and property and casualty (P&C) insurance. Since its founding in 2018, Peak3 has become a trusted technology partner to global insurers such as AIA, Generali, Prudential, and Zurich for their digital and traditional business. It has also partnered with leading digital platforms such as Carro, Grab, Klook, and PayPay to build and scale their embedded insurance businesses.
Besides the successful fundraising, Peak3 has recently achieved key milestones underpinning the rebranding. These transformative achievements include launching its first multi-country, multi-tenant core modernisation in Europe, rolling out an integrated customer data and big data platform for scaling analytics and AI capabilities, and establishing its first technology centre in Europe. The rebranding coincides with another major milestone: Issuing over a billion insurance policies on Peak3’s systems – including the first policies issued to North American customers and the first ones to be issued in Africa.
“We have evolved from an embedded insurance pioneer in Asia to a global end-to-end technology partner for the insurance industry,” said Bill Song, Peak3 Group CEO and Co-Founder. “Our new name represents three pinnacles: scaling the heights of innovation, surpassing performance limits, and delivering superior reliability – as we help insurers reach the highest summits of their cloud, data, and AI transformation.”
Bill Song also emphasised the growth opportunity: “There is an incredible tech investment backlog in the US$7-trillion global insurance industry. Continued digitalisation and the proliferation of AI will require structural investments by insurers over the next decade to modernise their core systems. We are uniquely positioned to capture this opportunity by providing the tech core foundations and innovation use cases.” 
To accelerate its growth journey, Peak3 completed its Series A fundraising and welcomed two new investors on its cap table: EQT, a major global technology investor with a deep heritage in Europe, and Alpha JWC Ventures, a leading venture firm in Southeast Asia. With the funding, Peak3 will advance its analytics and AI capabilities toward an intelligent core insurance solution, grow its EMEA operations and establish new system integrator partnerships. Peak3 targets double-digit ARR growth this year and is on the path to reach cashflow breakeven over the coming quarters.
“Peak3 has also proven its capability to deliver greenfield digital insurance initiatives and complex multi-country core modernisation projects in APAC and EMEA. As the lead investor, EQT is committed to empowering Peak3 in its go-to-market acceleration by leveraging our global network,” stated Clara Ho, Partner at EQT.
J.P. Morgan acted as exclusive financial advisor to Peak3 for this Series A fundraising.
For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Carling Sia, Global Head of Branding and Marketing, at [email protected].
For more information on Peak3, please visit www.peak3.com. For more information on EQT, please visit www.eqtgroup.com.For more information on Alpha JWC Ventures, please visit www.alphajwc.com.
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Lucinity Recognized as One of the Top 100 AI Fintech Companies Globally

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REYKJAVIK, Iceland, June 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Lucinity has been featured in the AIFinTech100 list for 2024, marking its recognition as one of the top AI companies in the financial services industry. The AIFinTech100 list, curated by industry experts, highlights the most innovative fintech companies globally. Lucinity was selected from over 2,000 fintech firms for its problem-solving, market potential, innovation, and customer engagement. Earlier this year, Lucinity was also highlighted as a RegTech100 company.

 
 
This recognition comes amid rapid AI adoption in fintech. According to Fintech Global, research predicts the AI market in fintech will grow from $42.83 billion to $44.08 billion by 2024, reaching $50.87 billion by 2029. Banks alone are expected to spend $4.9 billion on AI platforms by 2024, with a 21.8% annual growth rate since 2019.
Lucinity’s inclusion in the AIFinTech100 list reflects its success in developing AI solutions that enhance efficiencies and cost savings for financial crime operations teams. Notably, Luci, the world’s first Generative AI copilot for financial crime investigations, launched in 2023, leverages Microsoft OpenAI technologies to augment human analysts’ capabilities, reducing investigation times from 3 hours to just 30 minutes. 
Lucinity also recently launched Luci as a copilot plugin at Money20/20. Financial institutions are now able to integrate Luci with any web-based enterprise application including CRM systems, Case Manager systems, and Excel, delivering immediate ROI with zero upfront integration. 
Security remains a significant challenge in AI adoption. Lucinity addresses this by partnering with Microsoft Azure develop a secure infrastructure. With a strong emphasis on compliance, Luci offers comprehensive auditability through its detailed Audit Log functionality.
Guðmundur Kristjánsson (GK), CEO of Lucinity, comments, “Being named in the AIFinTech100 showcases our impact amongst banks and fintech through advanced AI. It underscores our platform’s ability to empower compliance teams, deliver ROI, and reduce operational costs.”
Richard Sachar, Director of FinTech Global, added, “AI is revolutionizing financial services, increasing efficiencies and offering personalized products. This year’s AIFinTech100 list includes top innovators transforming the industry with AI applications.”
Lucinity’s inclusion in the AIFinTech100 list for 2024 follows several achievements, including winning the Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards for Sustainability and Social Impact and Partner of the Year – Iceland. Lucinity was also included in Chartis Research’s FinCrime and Compliance 50 Ranking for 2024 and was recognized as the best tool for Workflow Automation.
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CRISIL wins Model Validation Tools and Accelerators category award, other recognitions from Chartis

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Recognized among top 50 financial services firms for analytics and risk tech
MUMBAI, India, June 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — CRISIL, a global provider of advanced analytics and risk management solutions, has won the Solution Category award for Model Validation Tools and Accelerators as part of the latest Chartis STORM 2024 report.

Published by Chartis Research, the leading provider of research and analysis on the global market for risk technology, STORM 2024 is an annual report on quantitative technologies and the computational infrastructure supporting it.
Following an extensive evaluation process, which included a risk technology survey, product demo, customer reference checks, and third-party sources of information, CRISIL won the following recognitions:
Solution category award for Model Validation Tools and AcceleratorsRanked Top 25 (#24) in QuantTech50 2024 rankingsRanked Top 25 (#24) in BuySideRisk50 2024 rankingsRanked Top 50 (#38) in RetailFinanceAnalytics50 2024 rankingsThe recognitions reflect the unparalleled value CRISIL brings to its clients through deep domain expertise, specialized analytical and technical knowledge and our global perspective.
Says Jan Larsen, President and Head, CRISIL Global Research & Risk Solutions, “CRISIL is honored by the recognition across multiple STORM50 award categories this year, including being named first place for Model Validation Tools and Accelerators. This is a great testament to the contributions of our team in giving clients and their regulators confidence in the models they use for making critical decisions.”
The core tenets of CRISIL’s value proposition include expertise across asset classes and risk stripes, analytical excellence and regulatory experience, tailored solutions focused on client delight, continuous improvement and technological innovation. 
Says Ashish Vora, President, CRISIL Market Intelligence and Analytics, “This prestigious recognition underscores the global acceptance of our risk management solutions and highlights our unwavering commitment to excellence in the risk technology space. Our Credit+ technology solutions have been instrumental in offering AI-enabled advanced analytics and driving efficiency, and we are particularly proud of the exceptional client feedback we have received for these solutions. We are constantly exploring new ways to enhance customer value and are investing in cutting-edge technology and domain expertise to maintain our position at the forefront of the industry.”
Notable examples of CRISIL’s platforms that help demonstrate this value proposition include: 
Model Infinity: A leading platform for model inventory management and model risk management. This innovative platform empowers our client to centralize all model activities, eliminates manual processes and operational risk, and provides a full audit trail of approvals for modeling assumptions and updates. Scenario Expansion Manager (SEM): A platform for clients to expand, analyze and track all regulatory and internal scenarios used for stress testing. As a centralized repository of scenarios, SEM allows institutions to eliminate redundant internal work and even provide clients the ability to share internal scenarios with one another. Credit+ ICON: The platform enables credit decision-making through its extensive financial spreading and front-end based credit risk scorecard hosting capabilities. Powered by deep domain expertise, AI-driven analytics and extensive configurability, it serves 40+ global clients across 15 countries.Credit+ Early Warning Signals: The AI-powered solution provides banks with actionable insights to monitor their credit quality, lower loan-loss contingencies and track corrective action plan.About CRISIL Market Intelligence & Analytics
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