By the Numbers: The Latest Cyber-Attack Findings

cyber-attack findings

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.

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.

 

Ben Canner

Ben Canner is an enterprise technology writer and analyst covering Identity Management, SIEM, Endpoint Protection, and Cybersecurity writ large. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He previously worked as a corporate blogger and ghost writer. You can reach him via Twitter and LinkedIn.
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