Magazine article Risk Management


Magazine article Risk Management


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$57 million

Total value of awards issued by the SEC under the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program in fiscal year 2016- more than all previous years combined


Number of tips received in 2016, a 40% increase over 2012

$111 million

Total value of awards issued since the program's 2011 inception


Number of whistleblowers who have received awards, including 13 in 2016

$930 million

Combined value of financial sanctions and disgorgement of ill-gotten gains and interest from enforcement actions resulting from whistleblower information and assistance

Source: Securities and Exchange Commission, 2016 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program

Ransomware Adds Up

According to an IBM X-Force study, ransomware made up 40% of all spam emails sent in 2016. Almost half of the business leaders surveyed experienced a ransomware attack in 2016 and 70% of those attacked said their company paid to resolve the situation. Half paid over $10,000 and 20% paid more than $40,000.

Overall, nearly 60% of all executives surveyed said they would be willing to pay a ransom to recover company data, and 25% indicated that, depending on the data type, they would be willing to pay between $20,000 and $50,000 to regain access to their data.

Source: IBM X-Force, Ransomware: How Consumers and Businesses Value Their Data


Number of Yahoo accounts affected in a data breach that occurred in August 2013, making it the largest such breach in history. The cyberattack is thought to be separate from an attack that was disclosed in September that compromised at least 500 million Yahoo accounts in 2014. …

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