As you read this, the cybersecurity sector is expanding. More experts are joining the ranks, and more malware is being released on a regular basis than ever before. Every day, 230000 new malware samples are recorded. To counter cyber threats, additional resources are being deployed. That's why I thought it would be useful to compile a list of seven cybersecurity facts that describe today's information security landscape.
A word of caution—do not believe the myth that hackers primarily target companies, banks, or affluent celebrities. Cyber attackers are very much a threat to individual users like you and me.
Cyber assaults can occur as long as you are connected to the Internet. As a result, we decided to guide you through some of the most frightening cybersecurity truths that you may wish you'd known before now. These will provide you with a far more accurate picture of how risky it is to go online without adequate protection.
Here are 7 CyberSecurity facts that are of pivotal importance to your online safety:
- Every 39 seconds, a hacking assault occurs.
A Clark School study at the University of Maryland is among the first to quantify the near-constant rate of hacker attacks on computers with Internet access. Their findings state that an attack takes place every 39 seconds on average, affecting one in every three Americans each year. They also found that the non-secure usernames and passwords we use give attackers a better chance of success.
- Small businesses are the target of 43% of cyber assaults.
Web-based assaults have been encountered by 64% of businesses. Phishing and social engineering assaults were encountered by 62% of respondents. Malicious code and botnets were experienced by 59% of businesses, while denial of service assaults was experienced by 51%. Small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) spend an average of $7.68 million on each incident.
- The global average cost of a data breach for SMBs is $3.9 million.
For most firms, this sum is crushing not only financially, but also in terms of reputation. Because there is more at risk for public organizations, the cost is substantially higher: on average, a data breach at a publicly-traded company would cost $116 million.
- The strongest protection against phishing assaults is human intellect and comprehension.
Thwarting phishing efforts boils down to user behavior, and knowing is the greatest approach to safeguard your organization from some of the most frequent hacking tactics.
- Over 4 million cybersecurity jobs are now unfilled globally.
More than 500,000 cybersecurity positions in the United States are vacant, and job listings have increased by 74% in the last five years. Cybersecurity engineers are among the highest-paid careers, with salaries starting at $140K per year on average.
- Even big firms, on average, take roughly 6 months to notice a data breach.
Equifax, Capital One, and Facebook are a few of these big firms. Passwords, credit card information, and social security numbers may have already been hacked by the time you are informed about the breach.
- By 2021, the worldwide cost of cybercrime surpassed $6 trillion.
One of the most serious risks is cybercrime. Don't believe that all of that money is the result of hackers attacking firms, banks, or affluent celebrities. Individual users such as yourself and me are also targets. Remember that cyberattacks can target you as long as you are connected to the Internet.
As technology advances, so, too, do hackers. Our greatest protection is to be aware and learn from frightening but valuable cybersecurity statistics and facts. Understanding cyber terms, challenges, and possibilities is crucial for all employees in all businesses. You are investing in your company's cybersecurity by delivering comprehensive cyber training and education solutions in all areas of your organization, from marketing and sales to IT and InfoSec.
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