Cybersecurity Statistics

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General Cybersecurity Statistics

  • The global cybersecurity market is expected to accrue 170.4 billion dollars in 2022.
  • In 2018, 62% of businesses reported phishing and social engineering
  • 68% of business managers believe cybersecurity attacks are growing.
  • Only 5% of companies have adequate protection of their files.
  • There were 4.1 billion records exposed by cyberattacks in the first six months of 2019.
  • 71% of data breaches were prompted by financial gain while 25% were motivated by espionage.
  • 52% of data exposure was caused by hacking, 28% involved malware, and 32-33% consisted of phishing and social engineering ploys.
  • There was a 52% decrease of ransomware infections in 2018, but enterprise infections increased by 12%.
  • 37% of all malware types are .doc and .dot, while 19.5% are .exe.
  • There were an estimated 300 billion passwords used by humans and machines in 2020.

Cybersecurity Data Breach & Hacking Statistics

  • Every 39 seconds there is a cybersecurity attack by hackers which averages 2,244 times per day.

  • There has been a 67% rise in security breaches since 2014.

  • In 2019, it took on average 206 days to recognize that a data breach had occurred.

  • In 2018, Marriott-Starwood published a report in which it disclosed that 500 million customer’s data had been compromised.

  • 64% of Americans have never investigated whether or not they have been compromised by a data breach.

  • 56% of Americans are unsure of how to respond in the event of data exposure.

  • One of the largest breaches occurred in 2016 in which 3 billion yahoo accounts were compromised.

  • Over 57 million Uber customers and employees had data breached by hackers in 2016.

  • Uber attempted to pay the hackers to dispose of the data and keep the breach from the public.

  • As recently as 2017, 412million accounts were compromised on Friendfinder’s site.

  • 147.9 Million accounts were compromised by the Equifax breach in 2017. The breach cost Equifax more than 4 billion dollars in total.

  • 150 million “My Fitness Pal” accounts were compromised in 2018 as reported by Under Armor.

Cyber Crime Statistics by Attack Type

  • 94% of malware attacks targeted email, in 2019, according to the Data Breach Incidents Report.
  • 34% of data attacks were aided or committed by internal actors.
  • In 2018, 51% of companies reported DDOS.
  • In 2018, there was a 1000% rise of malicious PowerShell scripts blocked on desktops and laptops.
  • In 2017, the Wannacry virus infected and estimated 400,000 machines and cost 4 billion dollars. This virus affected 100,000 organizations in 150 countries.
  • On average, there are 5,200 attacks each month directed at IoT devices.
  • Each ransomware attack on businesses costs an average of $133,000.
  • Office files comprise 48% of all malicious email attachments.
  • 69% of businesses do not have confidence that their anti-virus protection is adequate to address the threats they are seeing.
  • In order to obtain the decryption key, victims must pay an average of $2,499.
  • Risky applications were downloaded on 1 in 36 cell phones.
  • 10,573 is the average number of times that malicious apps were intercepted in 2018.
  • Spear-phishing was used by 65% of malicious actors as the primary mode of attack.
  • The U.S. is targeted by 18.2% of all ransomware attacks due to the large number of internet users.
  • 60% of malicious domains use spam as a method of attack.

Cybersecurity Compliance Statistics ​

  • 53% of businesses had over 1,000 sensitive files accessible to every employee.
  • More than $1million was spent by 88% of companies to comply with GDPR.
  • Google was fined $57 billion as a result of GDPR violations.
  • According to Forbes, businesses spent $9 billion to comply with GDPR.
  • By December 2018, 50% of companies did not feel confident they had adequate protection to become GDPR compliant.
  • More than 1,000,000 files were accessible to all employees in 15% of companies surveyed.
  • Companies accrued more than $63 million in fines in the first year of GDPR.
  • 31% of consumers report more overall positive experiences with companies since GDPR began.
  • There were 144,000 complaints and 89,000 data breaches recorded in the first year of GDPR.
  • The Federal Trade Commission fined Equifax $425 million for their data breach in 2017.

Industry Specific Cybersecurity Statistics ​

  • Small business comprised 43% of all breach victims.
  • 16% of breaches targeted the public sector, 15% were directed at healthcare organizations and 10% at the financial industry.
  • In 2018, the banking industry spent $18.3 million as a result of cybercrime.
  • 1 in 323 malicious emails were targeted at businesses with 250 employees or fewer.
  • $25 billion was lost in the healthcare industry due to cybercrime in 2019.
  • There was a 78% increase in supply chain attacks in 2019.
  • The healthcare industry reports the largest amount of ransomware attacks. By 2021, these attacks are forecast to quadruple.

Cybercrime Cost Statistics​

  • 2.6 million is the average amount a company will spend due to a malware attack.
  • The cost of a data breach to a business averages $3.9 million.
  • The healthcare industry had the most expensive breaches costing $429 per record.
  • There was a 12% increase in the amount of money each company spent on cybercrime from $11.7 million in 2017 to $13 million in 2018.
  • The average cost of security spent per employee increased from $584 in 2012 to $1,178 in 2018.
  • Due to cybercrime, businesses lost an average of $1.42 million.
  • Companies paid $5.9 million for lost information due to cyberattacks.
  • Lost or stolen records cost the U.S $225 per individual and Canada $190 per individual.
  • As a result of cybercrime, U.S. businesses suffered the highest global cost at $4.13 million per company compromised. These damages accrued due to damaged reputation, customer turnover, and increased customer acquisition activities.
  • Cybercrime damage is forecast to increase to $6 trillion annually by 2021.
  • The U.S. spent $1.56 million on post-data breach responses, the most of any other country.
  • 50% of companies with 10,000 or greater employees spend $1million on cybersecurity annually.

Cybercrime Job Statistics

  • 82% of employers feel they have inadequate cybersecurity competence.
  • The unemployment rate for cybersecurity jobs is currently 0%, and is forecast to continue at that percentage through 2021.
  • 100% of all large companies are projected to have a CISO position by 2021.
  • It’s predicted there will be 3.5 million open cybersecurity employment opportunities worldwide  by 2021.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that there will be a 32% increase in Information Security Analysts positions in the U.S. between 2018 and 2028.
  • The U.S. is forecast to have a 5% rise in Computer Network Architect positions from 2018-2028.
  • GDPR has resulted in a 700% rise in demand for Data Protection Officers since 2016.
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