Wanna be bad at information security? Can you afford it?
Various sources, metrics and industry studies put a variety of numbers to data loss, but the general range is around $200-$250 per compromised customer/client/credit card, etc.
How many pieces of identity data does you company protect? How many clients do you have? How many employees are in your payroll and HR systems?
Information security is expensive. Software, services, assessments, policies, awareness and a myriad of other things all cost money. But, the next time you are asking yourself or upper management about your security budget, remember that $250 number. It may just give you, or someone else, some perspective on just what it all means.