Everyone knows there’s a price to pay for cybercrime, which continues to grow and spread at an alarming rate. But, do you know exactly how high the price can be? Michigan-based Ponemon Institute recently conducted a study to affix a price tag to the cost of cybercrime in the United States, as reported by the Associated Press. The number researchers came up with is rather staggering--he annual cost of cybercrime to the average large U.S. company is pegged at $15.4 million, with each cyberattack averaging in the neighborhood of $2 million. One year earlier, the overall cost was estimated at $12.7 million, which translates into a roughly 19 percent hike over the last year alone. And the report says today’s cost is 82 percent higher than it was in 2009. While cybercrime’s average cost was more than $15 million, researchers said the cost to individual companies varied. Depending on the attack’s focus and andthe size of the company’s digital footprint, the difference could range from as low as $1.9 million to as high as a staggering $65 million. The Ponemon study was based upon surveys of approximately 60 U.S. companies, each with a minimum of one thousand individual computer network connections.