As cyber attacks become increasingly common, regulatorsand legislators have criticized the limited information companiesmake public about cybercrimes they experience. Experts note,though, that it's often a challenge for companies to put a dollarvalue on the damage they've suffered.

A U.S. Executive Order on cybersecurity last year described thecyber threat to the nation's critical infrastructure as “one of themost serious national security challenges.” But David Burg, globaland U.S. advisory cybersecurity leader at PwC, noted that despite that characterization, “what we do notsee is significant disclosures in public filings. There is thisdisparity.”

Burg noted that “it's very hard for companies to quantify thedamages,” but added, “It may also be the case that companies do notnecessarily want to disclose the full impact of an IT theft.”

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Susan Kelly

Susan Kelly is a business journalist who has written for Treasury & Risk, FierceCFO, Global Finance, Financial Week, Bridge News and The Bond Buyer.