Finally, the ROI you need to get data encryption in place.

Gartner analyst Avivah Litan testified on identity theft at a Senate hearing held after the Department of Veterans Affairs lost 26.5 million vet identities. "A company with at least 10,000 accounts to protect can spend, in the first year, as little as $6 per customer account for just data encryption, or as much as $16 per customer account for data encryption, host-based intrusion prevention, and strong security audits combined," Litan said. "Compare [that] with an expenditure of at least $90 per customer account when data is compromised or exposed during a breach," she added.

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