September 8, 2022
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A Few Statistics Around Cyberattacks

Valdemar Zavadsky
Valdemar Zavadsky
11 Jan 2022
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A Few Statistics Around Cyberattacks

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Statistics Around Cyberattacks

Statistics Around Cyberattacks

The topic of cybersecurity in today´s world is one that has come to prominence recently. For example, in our blog 6 TIPS TO SECURE ONLINE CONNECTION, we have described the basic rules of secure online connection, thus how to defend against cyberattacks. But what is the probability of a cyberattack? “It can´t happen to me. It can´t happen to my business”, everybody thinks. So let´s look at some statistics of cyberattacks that are sometimes really hardline.

Basic Facts

Cyberattacks are on the rise. One in three organizations had a reported cybersecurity incident last year. Additionally, nearly two-thirds experienced at least one attack that originated from outside their network perimeter. This fact indicates increasing sophistication across cybercriminals as they transform into ‘informational criminals’ who focus more heavily on data theft than traditional motives like money or glory.

Cyberattacks are on the rise

In 2018 there were almost 3 million cyberattacks per day worldwide, with 90 per cent targeting organizations in developed countries like America or Japan - often businesses involved some online communication such as emails (44%), web browsing sessions (38%), credit card transactions (12%). The most vulnerable sectors? Financial services followed by manufacturing and public administration have all seen increases over recent years.

Incidence of Cyberattacks Today and Ten Years Ago

Look at these two pictures and compare the difference. Both images display cyberattacks measured by the number of lost records.

Cyberattacks Ten Years Ago

Incidence of cyberattacks in years 2007-2011

Cyberattacks Today

See the complete statistics here: World’s Biggest Data Breaches & Hacks — Information is Beautiful.

Cyberattacks by Sectors

Some sectors are vulnerable to cyberattacks than others simply due to the nature of their business. While any sector could be subject to a data breach, those most at risk are businesses that are closely involved with people´s daily lives.

Companies that hold sensitive data or personally identifiable information are common targets for hackers. Types of businesses or organizations that are the most vulnerable to cyberattacks include:

Cyberattacks by Sectors

Cybercrime for Small and Medium Businesses

Cyber attacks on all businesses, particularly small to medium-sized businesses, are becoming more frequent, targeted, and complex. According to Accenture’s Cost of Cybercrime Study, 43% of cyberattacks are aimed at small businesses, but only 14% are prepared to defend themselves.

Not only does a cyberattack disrupt normal operations, but it may cause damage to important IT assets and infrastructure that can be impossible to recover from without the budget or resources to do so.

Small businesses are struggling to defend themselves because of this. According to Ponemon Institute´s State of Cybersecurity Report, small to medium-sized businesses around the globe report recent experiences with cyber attacks:

Cybercrime for Small and Medium Businesses

If you run a growing startup or well-established business, you know the ever-changing landscape and last years brought on many changes. The pandemic affected all types of businesses – big and small, and amplified cybercrime due to the uncertainty around remote working and how to protect your business. As the landscape changes, so should your business. By understanding the targets of attacks and consequences, as a business leader, you can minimize the potential, gain value in your cybersecurity efforts, and even prevent future attacks.

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What is a cyberattack?

Cyberattack may be defined as any malicious offensive assault targeted against computer network, information system, infrastructure or personal device. It may be attempt by an individual or an organization.

How to prevent cyberattacks?

It is necessary to try to reduce risk by following steps: secure hardware, protect and encrypt data, use security software, educate employees, promote a security-focused culture,...

What are cyber security solutions?

Cyber security solutions consists of tools and softwares that help protect organizations against cyber attacks. It may prevent application downtime, theft of sensitive data, damage to reputation, etc.

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