13 Security Statistics That Will Give You Nightmares

When you’re watching a scary movie, you get the feeling that someone, or something, is watching you. A ghost or demon is hiding in your basement or behind the shower curtain, waiting for you.

Cybercrime is a scary movie. 

You’re the unsuspecting protagonist, and the demon is lurking just behind your shoulder. Except that the demon is a cybercriminal.  

They’re waiting for you to let your guard down for just a second. And, BAM, it happened. You closed your eyes for just a second, and they got you.

Don’t let the demons (or cybercriminals) win. 

Take a look at these 13 statistics to keep your guard up. And, when you wake up from a cybersecurity nightmare, with your heart beating out of your chest, call us. We’ll keep you safe. 

  • 43% (almost half) of cyber-attacks target small businesses. It’s not always about the size of your organization, or how much money you have. Instead, it’s about the value of the information you store. (Source: SCORE)

  • Cybercrime will cost an average of $6 trillion each year through 2021. From reparations to ransomware payment, organizations are forced to pay millions to get back on track. (Source: Forbes)

  • 91.1% of malware sent to healthcare organizations comes as an email attachment. Cybercriminals know that well-meaning employees will open malicious emails if they make them seem legitimate. (Source: Verizon)

  • 48% of malicious attachments come through as Microsoft Office files. When we see an attachment labeled “.doc” or “.ppt,” we feel confident that they’re legitimate. We trust those file types because programs in the Microsoft Suite commonly use them. However, we should think twice before downloading. (Source: Symantec)

  • Ransomware attacks increased on mobile devices by 33% in 2018. Take a quick second to download malware protection on your smartphone. Imagine the information a hacker could steal from your personal device—photos, text messages, emails. (Source: Symantec)

  • Users open one in three phishing emails. 12% of those will go on to click the malicious link. While 12% doesn’t seem like much, it just takes one email to infiltrate your system. (Source: Verizon)

  • Hackers can sell your account credentials from anywhere between $.20 and $15. For $15 or less, a criminal can gain access to some of your most sensitive information. They’re really getting a bargain, considering it could cost you millions. (Source: RSA)

  • The United States is expected to account for more than half of data breaches globally by 2023, followed by India. Because there is so much consumer and corporate data stored, the U.S. is a prime target. (Source: Norton)

  • Malware on Android devices has increased by 400%. We don’t take the same protective approach with our phones as we do our computers. This statistic is unfortunate because we use our phones for everything, providing hackers with hoards of sensitive personal and work data. (Source: Allianz)

  • It takes organizations an average of 196 days to notice a data breach. There’s that looming feeling again. Your organization might already be infected with malware, and it’s just waiting to be discovered. Maybe it’s waiting for you in the basement on a stormy night? (Source: Security Intelligence)

  • The healthcare industry is one of the most targeted, with 304 reported breaches in 2019. Healthcare organizations work hard to keep your patient data safe, but these criminals are persistent. IT departments can’t do it all. (Source: Verizon)

  • Ransomware attacks doubled in 2019, growing by 118%. Attackers are especially targeting the healthcare industry because it relies heavily on access to patient data. (Source: McAfee)

  • Internet of Things (IoT) devices see 5,200 cybersecurity attacks per month. Routers and connected cameras account for 90% of these attacks. (Source: Symantec)

Pro tip: If you can’t convince your boss to take cybersecurity seriously, pepper these statistics into your next email. 

Our team of experts understands what you’re up against. Before we build a customized security program, we take the time to listen to your needs and goals. We view your organization as a partner and work hard to make technology clear and straightforward. 

Always in alignment with your best interests, we keep your organization safe. We’re here to listen to your scariest IT stories. Contact Technology Lab to learn how we can take security off your plate.