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Cybersecurity Facts and Stats 2020


Cybersecurity information that businesses should be aware of:

  1.    Cyber-attacks occur 2,244 times per day. 99Firms
  2.    Global cybercrime damages expected to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021 CyberSecurity Ventures  

  1.    Business Email compromises/scams cost $26 billion between 2016-2019                             SecurityBoulevard


4.       By 2023, the global cybersecurity market will be worth $248.26 billion. 99Firms


5.       Global cybercrime loss more than $3.5 billion in 2019 Security Boulevard


6.       43% of all data breaches involve small businesses. 99Firms


7.       7 Most common causes for a data breach:

    1. Weak and Stolen Credentials, a.k.a. Passwords
    2. Back Doors, Application Vulnerabilities
    3. Malware
    4. Social Engineering
    5. Too Many Permissions
    6. Insider Threats
    7. Improper Configuration and User Error





Malware: Software that is specifically designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system.


  1.     94% of malware is delivered via email  CSO Online
    • It is extremely important for businesses to keep the traffic into their email tenants as secure as possible. Reducing the amount of malware to an inbox is crucial to minimizing threat.

  2.     1 in 13 web searches leads to malware
    • 60% of websites are actually spam campaigns whereas 20% are new and used for about a week.  99Firms.com

  3.     As of March 2020, global new malware program detections were at 677.66 million.          Projected to exceed 700 million in 2020  Statista

Phishing: the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.

1.       Phishing attacks account for more than 80% of reported security incidents CSO Online


  1.     $17,700 is lost every minute due to phishing attacks  CSO Online


3.       Apple, Netflix, and Yahoo Account for 25% of Brand Impersonations in Phishing   attacks in first part of 2020 Security Boulevard


4.       Users in the U.S. open around 1 in 3 phishing emails

    • While a smaller percentage actually click on the links in the phishing email. Victims of infections from phishing are 12%. Website Hosting Rating




Cloud Specific Cybersecurity: The cloud is one of the most secure ways to store data and information in today’s environment. It is necessary to take the steps and protocols to ensure the safety and security of sensitive information. See the information below surrounding security in the Cloud:



1.       Through 2025, 99% of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault Gartner


2.       90% of the organizations that fail to control public cloud use will inappropriately share sensitive data. Gartner


3.       When asked about adopting an enterprise cloud computing platform, 66% of IT professionals say security is their greatest concern. Redlock


4.        4 Common Cloud Security risks:

      1. Violation of regulatory controls
      2. Account hijacking
      3. Insider threats
      4. Cryptojacking



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