35 Cybersecurity Statistics to Make You Serious About Data Protection

by Robert Best on September 6, 2019
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Cybersecurity has spent a lot of time in the news lately. Despite that many businesses are still not doing all they can to protect their data. The cost of a data breach goes beyond the loss of data or loss of access caused by the breach.

To help emphasise the importance of cybersecurity we have put together 35 shocking cybersecurity statistics.

35 shocking cybersecurity statistics

71 per cent of customers say they would take their business elsewhere after a data breach (source)

88 per cent of UK data breaches are caused by human error (source)

46 per cent of websites have high cybersecurity vulnerabilities (source)

87 per cent of websites have medium security vulnerabilities (source)

52 per cent of business leaders don't know what they would need to do in the event of a cybersecurity event (source)

95 per cent of successful cyberattacks are the result of phishing scams (source)

78 per cent of employees are aware of the risks of suspicious email links but still click on them (source)

Security risks are reduced by 70 per cent when organisations invest in cybersecurity training (source)

45 per cent of employees receive no cybersecurity training (source)

93 per cent of cybersecurity professionals agree that humans and technology are both need to detect and respond to cyber threats (source)

Even a modest investment in security training has a 72 per cent chance of reducing the impact of cyber attack (source)

Even the least effective training programmes have a 7 fold ROI (source)

Most cybersecurity training programmes result in a 37-fold ROI (source)

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Only 20 per cent of UK businesses had staff take part in cybersecurity training (source)

Every 14 seconds a business will be victim to a ransomware attack. In 2021 it is predicted to be 11 seconds (source)

Cybercrime will cost the world over $6 trillion a year by 2021 (source)

91 per cent of hacking attacks begin with a phishing email (source)

19 per cent of business breached by a cyber attack had staff stopped from carrying out day-to-day work (source)

32 per cent of businesses discover cybersecurity breaches (source)

Only 36 per cent of business have cybersecurity policies in place (source)

The average cost of a cyberattack to a business has increased by 71 per cent from 2017 to 2019 (source)

31 per cent of medium-sized businesses now have cyber insurance (source)

Small businesses are targeted 43 per cent of the time (source)

39 per cent of the 269 billion emails sent and received in 2017 were spam (source)

It is predicted 33 billion records will be stolen by 2023 (source)

48 per cent of UK manufacturers are cybercrime targets (source)

1.16 billion email addresses and passwords were exposed by a single breach in 2019 (source)

Only 2% of business IT budget is used for security (source)

70 per cent of employees don't understand cybersecurity (source)

57 per cent of cyber breaches are due to an unpatched vulnerability (source)

42 per cent of Brits expect to lose money to online fraud (source)

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23.2 million victim accounts worldwide used 123456 as their password (source)

95 per cent of cloud security failures are due to customer error (source)

21 per cent of all files are not protected in any way (source)

69 per cent of organisations believe the threats they see can't be blocked by the anti-virus software (source)

How prepared is your business for dealing with a data breach? Because according to the statistics it is a matter of when not if your business becomes victim to a breach.

If you rely on a 3rd-party to look after your IT are you aware of how they will deal with a data breach? How often is your data backed up? How quickly can it be recovered after a cyberattack? These are questions you should know the answer to.

If you don't use a 3rd party, or don't get the answers you need then talk to us about how you can secure your business. Contact us here, email hello@infotech.co.uk or call us on 01634 52 52 52.

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