Cybersecurity issues are becoming a day-to-day struggle for businesses. Recent trends and cybersecurity statistics reveal a huge increase in hacked and breached data from sources that are increasingly common in the workplace, like mobile and IoT devices.
Additionally, recent security research suggests that most companies have unprotected data and poor cybersecurity practices in place, making them vulnerable to data loss. To successfully fight against malicious intent, it’s imperative that companies make cybersecurity awareness, prevention and security best practices a part of their culture.
There are many important facets to cybersecurity, which are covered in greater detail below. Here we wanted to include statistics that give a good idea of the cybersecurity field as a whole, along with the overall impact of cyber attacks.
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The increasing amount of large-scale, well-publicized breaches suggests that not only are the number of security breaches going up — they’re increasing in severity, as well. Data breaches expose sensitive information that often leave exposed users at risk for identity theft, ruin companies’ reputations and almost always leave the company liable for compliance violations.
See the data breach statistics below to help quantify the effects, motivations and causes of these damaging attacks.
It’s crucial to have a grasp of the general landscape of metrics surrounding cybersecurity issues, including what the most common types of attacks are and where they come from. Some of these most common attacks include phishing, whaling, social engineering, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, malware and ransomware.
There are new malware and viruses being discovered every day. Varonis recently discovered the Monero cryptojacking malware during a cryptojacking investigation that secretly plagued a company for over a year.
With new threats emerging every day, the risks of not securing files is more dangerous than ever, especially for companies. More severe consequences are being enforced as stricter legislation passes in regions across the world. Some stand-outs from recent years include the European Union’s 2018 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California’s 2020 California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Companies need to take note of lessons from the GDPR, as more iterations are expected to pass across the globe in the coming years.
It’s crucial to properly set permissions on files and get rid of stale data. Keeping data classification and governance up to par is instrumental to maintaining compliance with data privacy legislation like HIPAA, SOX, ISO 27001 and more.
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When it comes to cybersecurity, not all industries are created equal. Industries that store valuable information like healthcare and finance are usually bigger targets for hackers who want to steal Social Security numbers, medical records and other personal data. But really, no one is safe because lower-risk industries are also targeted due to the perception that they’ll have fewer security measures in place.
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Average expenditures on cybercrime are increasing dramatically, and costs associated with these crimes can be crippling to companies who have not made cybersecurity part of their regular budget. Cybersecurity budgeting has been increasing steadily as more executives and decision-makers are realizing the value and importance of cybersecurity investments.
The demand for cybersecurity professionals continues to rise along with the rates of attacks and increases in cybersecurity budgets. The imbalance of the amount of skilled cybersecurity workers along with the high demand to fill cybersecurity positions has caused a cybersecurity skills shortage.
Interested in entering the field? Now is the time as the job field and average salary is only projected to grow. Looking for cybersecurity talent? Best of luck, it may be necessary to come up with creative cybersecurity skills shortage solutions — like outsourcing tasks, starting apprenticeships and partnerships with educational and military institutions to find fresh talent.
Below is a visual guide of some of the most important facts and figures that shape the cybersecurity field.
Interested to see how the landscape has changed? Click the button below to see our 2019 visual data compilation.
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about cybersecurity with answers supported by cybersecurity statistics and facts.
A: 56% of IT decision-makers believe phishing attacks are their top security threat. 32% of breaches involved phishing — phishing awareness and education are some of the best ways to decrease risk.
A: The most common cyber attack methods include phishing/spear-phishing, rootkit, SQL injection attacks, DDoS attacks, and malware like Trojan horse, adware and spyware.
A: On average, hackers attack 2,244 times a day. (University of Maryland)
Below are some helpful cybersecurity studies and articles to deepen your knowledge about the cybersecurity landscape.
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