Here are the Numbers: 9 Terrifying Facts About Cybersecurity

1. 95% Of All Breaches are from Only 3 Industries

In 2016, 95% of all breaches came from government agencies, retail companies, and the technology sector. These three groups are usually targets because they aren’t easy prey, but they typically hold many pieces of sensitive data.

2. Every 39 Seconds, an American falls Victim to Hacking

The University of Maryland’s Clark School study found that an American was a victim of hacking every 39 seconds. Over one year, this worked out to be that one-third of Americans were hacked or had experienced some breach, usually because of not updating passwords, leaving them compromised to a cyberattack.

3. Small Businesses are Frequent Targets

It’s not uncommon for small business owners to assume they’re just too small or insignificant to be a target; the truth couldn’t be farther from it. A small business is a company with 500 employees or fewer; cyberattacks can cost a firm of this size about $7.68 million per attack.

  • 43% of cyber attacks target small business
  • 64% of companies have experienced web-based attacks
  • 62% experienced phishing & social engineering attacks
  • 59% of companies experienced malicious code and botnets
  • 51% experienced denial of service attacks

4. Cyberattacks are making Hackers Rich, Really Rich

For many small and medium businesses (SMBs), a data breach's average cost will be about $3.9 million; for many companies, this can be crippling, forcing many to close their doors.

5. Since COVID-19, Cyberattacks have Skyrocketed

From the arrival of COVID-19, the FBI has seen a jaw-dropping 300% increase in cyberattacks, with summer 2021 seeing over 12,377 scams. With many companies trying to survive an ongoing pandemic, many hackers have taken this time as an opportunity to attack vulnerable networks and even personal homes.

6. Information in the Wrong Hands

Whenever an attack happens, sensitive information can easily fall into the wrong hands. Over 9.7 million healthcare records were stolen in a massive breach in September 2020 alone. Most companies take about six months to recuperate from an attack; sometimes, a firm’s reputation doesn’t recover.

7. Educating Your Employees is the Best Defense

When it comes to phishing attacks, a business’s best defense is ensuring its employees know what to look for. It’s as simple as that: having employees understand what to look for and the implications of an attack will make everyone better off.

8. Companies are crying out for Cybersecurity Experts

Across the world, there are about 4 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs, with many companies crying out for experts to join their organizations. In the United States, over 500,000 cybersecurity jobs are going unfilled.

9. Human Error Common Cause

The most common cause, over 95%, is human error in most cyberattacks. Cybercriminals and hackers always look for the weakest link, almost always any department besides IT.

My Thoughts

About five years ago, Ginni Rometty, IBM’s chairwoman, president, and CEO, said, “Cybercrime is the greatest threat to every company globally.” It’s chilling how right she was because cybercrime has become the most significant threat for every business over the next five years. As technology evolves rapidly, so do hackers grow just as quickly.



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