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Cisco Cybersecurity Report Series

Cisco's 2020 Data Privacy Benchmark Study shows that organizations benefit from privacy investments.

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What we cover in the 2020 data privacy survey

The 2020 Cisco Data Privacy Benchmark Study contains results from a double-blind study of 2800 professionals in 13 countries. Privacy has become a critical business imperative, with organizations seeing significant benefits from their privacy investments.


Most organizations get very positive returns on their privacy investments. For more than 40 percent, benefits are at least double their privacy spend.


Over 70 percent of organizations say they receive significant business benefits from privacy, such as operational efficiency, agility, and innovation.


Eighty-two percent of organizations see privacy certifications such as ISO 27701 and Privacy Shield as a buying factor when selecting a product or vendor. 


There is a strong correlation between organizations' privacy accountability and lower breach costs, shorter sales delays, and higher financial returns.

From privacy to profit

 Is data privacy a good investment? Read Cisco's 2020 Data Privacy Benchmark Study to find out.

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About the Cisco cybersecurity report series

Over the past decade, Cisco has published a wealth of security and threat intelligence information for security professionals interested in the state of global cybersecurity. These comprehensive reports have provided detailed accounts of threat landscapes and their effects on organizations, as well as best practices to defend against the adverse impacts of data breaches.

In our new approach to thought leadership, Cisco Security is publishing a series of research-based, data-driven studies. We've expanded the number of titles to include different reports for security professionals with different interests. Calling on the depth and breadth of expertise from threat researchers and innovators in the security industry, the reports in each year's series include the Data Privacy Benchmark StudyThreat Report, and CISO Benchmark Study, with others published throughout each year.

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