Ultimate List Of Cyber Security Stats, No.8 will shock you (2021)

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Cyber Security Stats

Are you curious about the cyber security stats in 2021? Then look no further.

Cyber Security Stats
Cyber Security Stats

Technology is evolving every day and with those evolutions, we also have an issue of our data security or privacy, we have already seen how hackers hack our social media accounts even our bank accounts.

Cybersecurity becomes a more important part of our life in few years, we much have to know the basics of cybersecurity, this article has some amazing statistics about cybersecurity and hacking which help you to better understand cybersecurity and protect yourself.

I categorized a list of up-to-date stats below.
Click to jump to a section, or keep reading for our top cyber security stats.

Top cyber security stats

  1. 95% of cyber security breaches happen due to human mistakes.
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95% of cyber security breaches happen due to human mistakes
  1. The total cost of committed cyber-crimes globally will reach $10.5 trillion by 2025
The total cost of committed cyber-crimes globally will reach $10.5 trillion by 2025
The total cost of committed cyber-crimes globally will reach $10.5 trillion by 2025
  1. 92% of malware is distributed through email.
92% of malware is distributed through email
92% of malware is distributed through email
  1. 98% of all mobile malware targets Android devices.
98% of all mobile malware targets Android devices
98% of all mobile malware targets Android devices
  1. 90% of RCE(remote code execution) attacks are directly related to cryptocurrency mining.
90% of RCE attacks are directly related to cryptocurrency mining
90% of RCE attacks are directly related to cryptocurrency mining
  1. The global market value of cyber security will be $326 billion in 2027.
The global market value of cyber security will be $326 billion in 2027
The global market value of cyber security will be $326 billion in 2027
  1. Targeted emails, or phishing, are to be used in 91% of successful data breaches reported by companies.
Targeted emails, or phishing, are to be used in 91% of successful data breaches reported by companies
Targeted emails, or phishing, are to be used in 91% of successful data breaches reported by companies
  1. Third-party app stores (excluding Play store and App store) have 99.9% of discovered mobile malware.
Third-party app stores (excluding Play store and App store) have 99.9% of discovered mobile malware
Third-party app stores (excluding Play store and App store) have 99.9% of discovered mobile malware
  1. An estimated 300 billion passwords are used by humans and machines globally.
An estimated 300 billion passwords are used by humans and machines globally
An estimated 300 billion passwords are used by humans and machines globally
  1. 77% of businesses do not have a Cyber Security Incident Response plan.
77% of businesses do not have a Cyber Security Incident Response plan
77% of businesses do not have a Cyber Security Incident Response plan

Cyber security jobs stats

  1. 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021.
3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021
3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021
  1. 40% of IT professionals say cybersecurity jobs are the most difficult to fill.
  2. The average salary of a Certified Ethical Hacker is $83,591 per annum.
The average salary of a Certified Ethical Hacker
The average salary of a Certified Ethical Hacker

Phishing stats

  1. 64% of businesses have experienced a phishing attack in the past year
  2. 1.5 million new phishing websites are developed every month.
  3. 50% of phishing websites are now using HTTPS.
50% of phishing websites are now using HTTPS
50% of phishing websites are now using HTTPS
  1. $17,700 is lost every minute due to a phishing attack.
  2. 1 in every 13 web requests leads to malware.
  3. Phishing attacks account for more than 80% of reported security incidents.
  4. 30% of phishing messages get opened by targeted users and 12% of those users click on the malicious attachment or link.
  5. Only 3% of targeted users report phishing emails.
Only 3% of targeted users report phishing email
Only 3% of targeted users report phishing email
  1. The volume of email fraud that companies receive has increased 8% year-over-year.
  2. 83% of global infosec respondents experienced phishing attacks in 2018, an increase from 76% in 2017.
  3. 65% of groups used spear-phishing as the primary infection vector.

Ransomware stats

  1. The average ransomware payment is about $111,605.
The average ransomware payment
The average ransomware payment
  1. The average cost of a ransomware attack on businesses is $133,000.
  2. 48% of malicious email attachments are office files.
  3. Ransomware costs businesses more than $75 billion per year.
  4. 30% of businesses who pay the ransom receive all of their money back.
  5. 40% of ransomware victims paid the ransom.
40% of ransomware victims paid the ransom
40% of ransomware victims paid the ransom
  1. 75% of infected businesses were running up-to-date endpoint protection.
  2. 81% of cyber security experts believe there will be more ransomware attacks than ever in 2019.
  3. The NotPeyta ransomware attack losses could exceed $1 billion.

Cyber attacks stats

  1. The total number of DDoS attacks globally will be more than 15 million by 2023.
  2. PowerShell scripts blocked in 2018 on the endpoint increased by 1,000%
  3. The Mirai-distributed DDoS worm was the third most common IoT threat in 2018. 
  4. 30% of data breaches involve internal factors.
30% of data breaches involve internal factors
30% of data breaches involve internal factors
  1. 69% of companies don’t believe the threats they’re seeing can be blocked by their anti-virus software.
  2. 1 in every 36 mobile devices has high-risk apps installed.
1 in every 36 mobile devices has high-risk apps installed
1 in every 36 mobile devices has high-risk apps installed

Government cyber security stats

  1. The United States is the number one target for targeted cyber attacks.
  • United States: 38%.
  • India: 17%.
  • Japan: 11%.
  • Taiwan: 7%.
  • Ukraine: 6%.
  • South Korea: 6%.
  • Brunei: 4%.
  • Russia: 4%.
  • Vietnam: 4%.
  • Pakistan: 3%.
Countries for targeted cyber attacks
Countries for targeted cyber attacks
  1. U.S. government spend $15 billion on cybersecurity-related activities in 2019 up 4% over the previous year.
  2. Nearly 60 million Americans have been affected by identity theft.
  3. The U.S. government saw 1.2 billion records breached in 2018.

Cyber security spending and Cost Stats

  1. The total cybercrime cost will be $10.5 trillion annually by 2025.
The total cybercrime cost will be $10.5 trillion annually by 2025
The total cybercrime cost will be $10.5 trillion annually by 2025
  1. The average cost of a malware attack on an organization is $2.6 million
  2. The average cost of a data breach to businesses worldwide is $3.86 million.
  3. Email compromises cost on average $24,439 per case.
  4. Healthcare data breaches are costing the US industries $6.2 billion per year.
  5. The average cost per loss is $146.
  6. The United States experiences the highest data breach costs in the world, at $8.64 million on average.
  7. 50% of large enterprises (with over 10,000 employees) are spending $1 million or more annually on security, with 43% spending $250,000 to $999,999, and just 7% spending under $250,000.
Large enterprises spending in cyber security
Large enterprises spending in cyber security

Healthcare cyber security stats

  1. 93% of healthcare businesses experienced a data breach in the past three years.
93% of healthcare businesses experienced a data breach in the past three year
93% of healthcare businesses experienced a data breach in the past three year
  1. 16% of healthcare businesses claim to have “fully functional” cybersecurity programs.
  2. 93% of healthcare businesses are currently using some kind of cloud solutions.
  3. 89% of healthcare businesses had patient data lost or stolen in the past two years.
  4. 94% of healthcare businesses are now using some form of advanced technology to protect sensitive data.
94% of healthcare businesses are now using some form of advanced technology to protect sensitive data
94% of healthcare businesses are now using some form of advanced technology to protect sensitive data
  1. 81% of healthcare cybersecurity incidents are rooted in employee negligence.
  2. WannaCry ransomware attack cost the National Health Service (NHS) over $100 million.

Finance cyber security stats

  1. 70% of cybercrimes targeting surveyed financial institutions involve lateral movement.
70% of cybercrimes targeting surveyed financial institutions involve lateral movement
70% of cybercrimes targeting surveyed financial institutions involve lateral movement
  1. 47% of financial institutions reported an increase in wire transfer fraud.
47% of financial institutions reported an increase in wire transfer fraud
47% of financial institutions reported an increase in wire transfer fraud
  1. 79% of financial institutions said cybercriminals have become more sophisticated, leveraging highly targeted social engineering attacks.
  2. 79% of financials said threat factors are deploying more sophisticated attacks.
  3. Financial services have 352,771 exposed sensitive files on average while healthcare, pharma, and biotech have 113,491 files on average — the highest when comparing industries.
  4. On average, a financial services employee has access to nearly 11 million files the day they walk in the door. For large organizations, employees have access to 20 million files.

Education cyber security stats

  1. 87% of education industry have already experienced one successful cyber attack.
87% of education industry have already experienced one successful cyber attack
87% of education industry have already experienced one successful cyber attack
  1. 79% of universities have experienced damage to reputation and almost 74% have had to halt a valuable research project as a result of a cyber-attack.
  2. 85% of universities agree that more funding must be given to IT security to protect critical research.
  3. 64% don’t believe their existing IT infrastructure will protect them against cyber attacks.
  4. The education industry is ranked last in cybersecurity preparedness out of 17 major industries.
  5. 41% of higher education cyber security incidents and breaches were caused by social engineering attacks.
41% of higher education cyber security incidents and breaches were caused by social engineering attacks
41% of higher education cyber security incidents and breaches were caused by social engineering attacks
  1. On average, 30% of users in the education industry have fallen for phishing emails.

Data Breaches stats

  1. 43% of data breaches involved small businesses.
  2. 33% of data breaches involved social engineering.

Data Breaches History stats

Here is a list of data breaches happen in the last 5 years.

  1. 2016 – Peace cyber-attackers hacked Myspace compromising over 360 million accounts.
  2. 2016 – Uber reported that hackers stole the information of over 57 million riders and drivers.
  3. 2017 – Uber network was breached compromising data of fifty million riders, seven million drivers, and 600,000 US-based driver license details.
  4. 2017 – Cyber attackers hacked into Equifax servers and exposed over 143 million consumers’ personal information.
  5. 2017 – 412 million user accounts were stolen from Friend finder’s sites.
  6. 2017 – 147.9 million consumers were affected by the Equifax Breach.
  7. 2018 – Cyber attackers hacked into Marriot international computer systems and compromised five hundred million accounts.
  8. 2018 – Cathy pacific was hacked and 9.4 million accounts were compromised.
  9. 2018 – Facebook code was exploited by attackers and 50 million user accounts were compromised.
  10. 2018 – Quora was hacked and information belonging to 100million users compromised.
  11. 2018 – Under Armor reported that its “My Fitness Pal” was hacked, affecting 150 million users.
  12. 2019 – Maryland Department of Labor was breached by hackers who illegally accessed names and social security numbers belonging to 78,000 people.
  13. 2019 – Captical One recently had over 106 million records stolen containing personal and financial information.
  14. 2020 – The hotel chain Marriott disclosed a security breach that impacted the data of more than 5.2 million hotel guests who used their company’s loyalty application.
  15. 2020 – MGM Resorts suffered a massive data breach resulting in the leak of 142 million personal details of hotel guests.
  16. 2020 – 500,000 stolen Zoom passwords available for sale in dark web crime forums.
  17. 2020 – Magellan Health was struck by a ransomware attack and data breach stating that 365,000 patients were affected in the sophisticated cyberattack.
  18. 2020 – Twitter breach well-coordinated scam made attackers swindle $121,000 in Bitcoin through nearly 300 transactions.

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