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By the Numbers: The Latest Cyber-Attack Findings

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Cybersecurity is a field marked by both continuous innovations and continuous re-evaluation. It can seem to the uninitiated that new studies are released every other day, with topics ranging from malware proliferation to current ransomware amounts to employee cybersecurity training retention rates.

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Yet these studies represent a perpetual effort by IT security experts to stay current with the latest trends in the industry and in cyber-attack tactics. Security, especially cybersecurity, requires comprehensive knowledge of the modern to stay effective. With that in mind, here’s some recent statistics you might have missed:

Employee Efforts in Cybersecurity

13% of public sector employees believe they have complete personal responsibility for their cybersecurity, according to a study by YouGov.  

48% said they had no responsibility in cybersecurity at all.

Approximately 50% feel that a cyber-attack is inevitable, no matter what efforts they make.  

43% believe they simply can’t be hacked. 1 in 3 employees believe they are more likely to be struck by lightning than suffer a cyber-attack.

That optimism is misplaced. According to Symantec, 1 in 131 emails contained malware in 2017. The Identity Management Institute found that 90% of all cyber-attacks are successfully executed with information stolen from employees.

Consumer Responses to a Cyber-Attack

80% of consumers felt that the general responses to data breaches made enterprises less trustworthy, according to Next Caller.

61% say that they would make their purchasing decisions based on how an enterprise handles a data breach, not whether they have been breached.

59% are most concerned with data breaches in the banking and finance sectors.

Small Businesses At Even More Risk

43% of cyber-attacks target small businesses, according to Smallbiztrends.

60% of small businesses that suffer a cyber-attack go out of business within 6 months.

A cyber attack occurs every 39 seconds, according Cybint Solutions.

The average cyber-attack and data breach will cost $150 million by 2020.

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