Top 50 Cybersecurity Statistics, Figures, and Facts
Organizations of all sizes are increasingly concerned about cybersecurity issues like hacking, data breaches, and phishing. Continue reading to learn the top cybersecurity facts and statistics, including top network vulnerabilities, social engineering, penetration testing, compliance, and more. Cybersecurity is a growing concern. In the past few years, we have seen an increase in cyber threats. Organizations are reporting increasing cybersecurity risks within their companies. Businesses must prepare their employees for cybersecurity and data security initiatives. To understand the threat landscape for businesses, take a look at the following cybersecurity statistics and facts.
Overview: Cybersecurity Trends to Keep an Eye on
Microsoft estimates that nearly 80% of nation state attackers targeted government agencies, think tanks, and other non-governmental organizations.
Microsoft also reported that 58% cyberattacks by nation states originated from Russia.
46% of all cyberattacks directed at America are directed at the United States.
In 2020, identity theft increased 42% compared to 2019.
In the next few years, expect greater governance of cryptocurrency.
The use of social media will likely increase information oversight.
Healthcare was not one of the most targeted industries but security breaches cost $6 trillion to the industry in 2020.
There are likely to be more attacks on IoT, making the internet-of-things an area of cybersecurity interest.
People will pay more attention to how they manage their personal information.
According to PurpleSec 98% of cybercrime relies on social engineering for success.
Largest Hacking Statistics and Data Breach
Cybercriminals, hackers, and cybersecurity experts had a busy year. Here are the top five cybersecurity attacks of 2021.
Cognyte, a cybersecurity analytics firm, suffered a database breach that resulted in 5 billion records being lost in May 2021.
LinkedIn breach exposed 700,000,000 records between June and August 2021.
Facebook, a social media giant, also suffered a breach of over 533 million accounts. It was discovered in March 2021.
Bykea, a Pakistani ride-hailing app experienced a breach in November of 400 million records.
In January 2021, the Brazilian Ministry of Health suffered a loss of 223,000,000 records.
Cybercrime Statistics by Attack Type
Some types of cybercrime are experiencing rapid rises.
According to the FBI, 6.95 million new scam and phishing pages were created. This makes it the most popular attack in 2020.
Nearly 33% of 4 companies were affected by a phishing attack during 2020.
According to Imperva, 25.6% of all website traffic was comprised by bad bot traffic.
During the pandemic, ransomware attacks increased by more than 40%.
Symantec’s Threat report showed that spear phishing emails were used in 65% targeted cyberattacks.
Cybersecurity Governance and Compliance Statistics
Cybercrime can be stopped only if there is compliance and governance.
CSO Online reports that 66% expect compliance mandates to drive spending in the next year.
Varonis reported that more than half the companies had over 1,000 files that were available to all employees.
Cyber stats specific to the industry
IBM reports that these were the top five most targeted sectors in 2020. These statistics show the total number of attacks per industry.
23% Finance and Insurance
8.7% Professional Services
Security spending and cost statistics
Increased security threats are driving the cybersecurity industry to expand. Costs of cybersecurity vary depending on the size and level of support you need. Security services costs will vary depending on whether you are a small business or a large enterprise.
Leaders such as IBM recommend that your cybersecurity budget should be 9-14% of your overall IT budget.
Statista reports that there were $40.8 billion in IT security spending in 2019.
Cisco found that half of large companies spend $1 million annually on security.
COVID-19 Cybersecurity Statistics
Cybercrime grew during the pandemic because of changes in work environments and the need to have remote work standards. Phishing was the most popular attack.
PurpleSec reported that cyberincidents increased 600% during the pandemic.
Statista reports that 64% percent of organizations around the world were most likely to suffer a data breach due to COVID-19.
30% of respondents stated that they experienced an increase number of attacks on their IT systems during this pandemic.
Cybersecurity job statistics
Cybersecurity professionals are highly in demand. Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand due to the increase in cybersecurity incidents.