Some key cyber security facts:

  1. 95% of cybersecurity breaches are caused by human error. (Cybint)
  2. 88% of organizations worldwide experienced spear phishing attempts in 2019. (Proofpoint)
  3. 68% of business leaders feel their cybersecurity risks are increasing. (Accenture)
  4. On average, only 5% of companies’ folders are properly protected. (Varonis)
  5. Data breaches exposed 36 billion records in the first half of 2020. (RiskBased)
  6. 86% of breaches were financially motivated and 10% were motivated by espionage. (Verizon)
  7. 45% of breaches featured hacking, 17% involved malware and 22% involved phishing. (Verizon)
  8. Between January 1, 2005, and May 31, 2020, there have been 11,762 recorded breaches. (ID Theft Resource Center)
  9. The top malicious email attachment types are .doc and .dot which make up 37%, the next highest is .exe at 19.5%. (Symantec)
  10. An estimated 300 billion passwords are used by humans and machines worldwide. (Cybersecurity Media)
  11. The average cost of a data breach is $3.86 million as of 2020. (IBM)
  12. The average time to identify a breach in 2020 was 207 days. (IBM)
  13. And the average lifecycle of a breach was 280 days from identification to containment. (IBM)
  14. Personal data was involved in 58% of breaches in 2020. (Verizon)
  15. Security breaches have increased by 11% since 2018 and 67% since 2014. (Accenture)
  16. 64% of Americans have never checked to see if they were affected by a data breach. (Varonis)
  17. 56% of Americans don’t know what steps to take in the event of a data breach. (Varonis)