This study examines the impact of reported breaches in computer security using event study analysis. We use the event-study methodology to measure the magnitude of the effect of data security breach events on the behavior of stock markets. Our data come from security breaches spanning a ten-year period and involving various industries. The findings of the study suggest that there exist abnormal negative stock price returns following the announcement of a breach. Such abnormal negative returns persist over the next several years. Moreover, the source of data breach may moderate the price effect; the market tends to punish more heavily those compromises that could have been avoided with reasonable precautions by the breached company.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computer Science Applications
- Information Systems and Management