Cyber-Attacks By the Numbers

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Cyber-attacks are increasing in record numbers. Cybersecurity statistics give readers a better idea of the current state of overall security. We want to share a few findings from 60 Must-Know Cybersecurity Statistics for 2019published by Varonis.

Data Breaches by the Numbers

  1. In 2016, 3 billion Yahoo accounts were hacked in one of the biggest breaches of all time. (Oath.com)
  2. In 2016, Uber reported that hackers stole the information of over 57 million riders and drivers. (Uber)
  3. In 2017, 147.9 million consumers were affected by the Equifax Breach. (Equifax)
  4. According to 2017 statistics, there are over 130 large-scale, targeted breaches in the U.S. per year, and that number is growing by 27 percent per year. (Accenture)
  5. The average cost per lost or stolen records per individual is $141 — but that cost varies per country. Breaches are most expensive in the United States ($225) and Canada ($190). (Ponemon Institute’s 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study)
  6. In companies with over 50k compromised records, the average cost of a data breach is $6.3 million. (Ponemon Institute’s 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study)
  7. Malware and web-based attacks are the two most costly attack types — companies spent an average of US $2.4 million in defense. (Accenture)
  8. By 2020, the estimated number of passwords used by humans and machines worldwide will grow to 300 billion. (Cybersecurity Media)
  9. Ransomware attacks are growing more than 350 percent annually. (Cisco)
  10. 61 percent of breach victims in 2017 were businesses with under 1,000 employees. (Verizon)
  11. Ransomware damage costs will rise to $11.5 billion in 2019 and a business will fall victim to a ransomware attack every 14 seconds at that time. (Cybersecurity Ventures)
  12. By 2020, we expect IT analysts covering cybersecurity will be predicting five-year spending forecasts (to 2025) at well over $1 trillion. (Cybersecurity Ventures)
  13. Damage related to cybercrime is projected to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021. (Cybersecurity Ventures)
  14. The average cost of a malware attack on a company is $2.4 million. (Accenture)
  15. According to 2017 statistics, there are over 130 large-scale, targeted breaches in the U.S. per year, and that number is growing by 27 percent per year. (Accenture)

Source:  Varonis, 60 Must-Know Cybersecurity Statistics for 2019