Global Payments, which back in the spring reported a data breach in which information associated with an estimated 1.4 million payment cards was stolen, has revealed that expenses associated with investigations, fines and remediation has hit $84.4 million.
The Atlanta-based payments-processing firm acknowledged that number as part of its fiscal report for 2012 revenues, which totaled about $2.2 billion, up 18 percent from $1.82 billion in 2011.
[ Prevent corporate data leaks with Roger Grimes' "Data Loss Prevention Deep Dive" PDF expert guide, only from InfoWorld. | Stay up to date on the latest security developments with InfoWorld's Security Central newsletter. ]
In describing the completion of our data intrusion investigation, the company stated it had a pre-tax charge of $84.4 million, noting this includes an estimate of charges from the card brands and investigation and remediation expenses. A qualified security assessor is conducting the independent review required to return the company to the lists of PCI-compliant service providers.
Ellen Messmer is senior editor at Network World, an IDG publication and website, where she covers news and technology trends related to information security. Twitter: MessmerE. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about wide area network in Network World's Wide Area Network section.
This story, "Global Payments: Data breach cost a whopping $84.4 million" was originally published by NetworkWorld.