10 Insane Cyber Statistics

January 21, 2020

New cyber statistics seems to come out daily, and most of the numbers are increasing in favor of the attackers. Below is a list of some of these insane stats.

7 billion records exposed in the first three quarters of 2017

This is a 305% increase compared to the same period in 2016. And 2016 saw a total of  4.2 billion records exposed.

The average cost in the U.S. for a data breach is $7.35M

The Ponemon Institute estimates the 2017 average cost of a data breach incident worldwide was $3.62 million however in the U.S. it was $7.35 million.

1 on 131 emails contain malware

According to Symantec’s 2017 Internet Security Threat Report, this is a huge increase in emails that contain malware. The previous year, 2015, was 1 in 220 emails that contained malware. The company size with the highest ratio of emails containing malware was 251-500 with 1 in 95 emails containing malware.


Source: Symantec’s 2017 Internet Security Threat Report

Business Email Compromise attacks account for $5.3 billion on losses globally

Since January 2015, business email compromise (BEC) attacks have risen 1,300%, according to the FBI. And accounts for nearly $3B in the U.S. alone.

There are 360,000 new malware samples found each day in 2017

This is an 11.5% increase over the previous year, according to Kaspersky Labs. They also found that 29% of user computers encountered an online malware attack at least once over the course of the year.

There were 159,700 total cyber incidents in 2017

This is almost double the amount from 2016. And 93% of the breaches could have been prevented, according to OTA, by taking a few ‘simple’ steps like regularly patching software, phishing training for employees, and blocking/detecting suspicious and malicious emails (with a product like Graphus!).

Cybercrime costs will hit $6 trillion globally by 2021

$6 trillion! This is up from $3 trillion in 2015, According to Cybersecurity Ventures.

The cybersecurity market is a $120 billion industry

The market has grown 35x over the last 13 years and is expected to grow 12%-15% year-over-year through 2021.

99% of malware is sent via email or webserver

And ransomware is the number one malware variety, according to Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report. There was a 90% increase in business targeted ransomware in 2017.

It takes U.S. businesses an average of 206 days to detect a breach

Yes, you read that correctly. It takes an organization an average of nearly 7 months to detect a data breach, according to the 2017 Ponemon Cost of a Data Breach Study.

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