IBM’s Cost of Data Breach report, which was conducted in partnership with the Ponemon Institute, warns that data breach costs have increased by 10% in recent years while the speed of discovering breaches has decreased. On average, they say based on interviews with 3,200 individuals involved in data breaches, it takes 280 days to mend a breach.

Not only does this mean lost revenue, but also a loss of customer trust and damage to a company’s reputation.

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Marketers Shift Spend to First Party Data: IAB Report

August 6, 2020

It’s become a cliché to say that loss of third party data makes first party data more important. This IAB study supports the notion, finding that spend on data management, including CDPs, grew 9.8% in 2019 to reach $5.5 billion while spend on third party data grew only 6.1% to reach $11.9 billion. Both are down in 2020 due to the pandemic, which has also replaced privacy regulation as marketers’ top concern.

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In the News: Cillian Kieran, CEO of Ethyca

August 5, 2020

How does working from home during COVID-19 impact data privacy? Cillian Kieran, CEO of Ethyca, the data privacy company which last month received $13.5m Series A funding, said in this interview on France 24: It’s been a huge transition and companies are “using a lot of new tools that accumulate personal information. Systems must be protected appropriately, and data must be retrievable and erasable and auditable.”

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Grammarly Raises $200 Million to Help People Write Better

November 24, 2021

If robots wrote the news, would they write about other robots?  I ask because there’s been a suspicious burst of items about AI-powered writing tools, just when live journalists might have set things on autopilot so they could sneak out early for the holiday.  Top of the list: writing-suggestion platform Grammarly just raised $200 million at a $13 billion valuation, doubling total funding to $400 million.

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