Cyber or cybersecurity threats are malevolent acts deliberately seeking to damage or steal data, or destabilise the digital world. These threats include, among others, computer viruses, data breaches and Denial of Service (DoS) attacks. Other instances of cyber security threats are cyber-attacks that aim to gain unauthorised access and damage computer networks, intellectual property or any other form of sensitive data.
Threat actors include hostile nation states, terrorist groups, corporate spies and organised crime syndicates, hacktivists, dissatisfied insiders, hackers and accidental actions of authorised users. Seen against this explosive background, it is only natural that the cybersecurity industry is rapidly growing. However, the industry struggles to catch up with new threats despite more resources being deployed to counter cyber-attacks. The following 15 facts and statistics paint a chilling yet realistic picture of the alarming state of the current information security and cybersecurity industry.
- In 2016, 95% of breached records came from only three industries
These industries include government, retail and technology because they are very popular targets due to the high level of personal identifying information contained in their records.
- Every 39 seconds there is a hacker attack somewhere in the world
The University of Maryland quantified an almost-constant rate of hacker attacks of computers with Internet access. In its Clark School study, researchers narrowed it down to an average of one attack every 39 seconds.
- Small business attacks account for 43% of all cyber-attacks
Of the 43% of small businesses, 64% experienced web-based attacks, 62% had phishing & social engineering attacks, 59% had malicious code and botnets, and 51% experienced Denial of Service attacks.