National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is officially upon us. Here at Aspis, we make it our goal to keep you informed about all things cybersecurity. In this article, we are covering some simple cybersecurity facts that will make any business not using cybersecurity services think twice. These have been gathered and verified from sources across the industry and shouldn’t be looked at as a scare tactic. Rather they should be looked at as a learning experience as many business owners lead a blind eye to cyber threats. Want to see if your business could be at risk? Get in touch with our team for your free cyber assessment today. On to the cybersecurity facts!
Cybersecurity Fact #1: Cyber Attacks Aren’t Going Anywhere
We wish we could tell you that cyber threats and attacks are a thing of the past. Unfortunately, this is not the case and recent data is showing the opposite.
- In fact, in 2021 over half of all small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) have suffered a cyberattack of some kind. – Helpnet Security 2021
- It’s reported that 3 out of 4 organizations have fallen victim to a ransomware attack. This is up 61% in two years. 64% of affected companies paid the ransom losing thousands to millions to hackers, but nearly 40% couldn’t recover their data. – The State of Email Security 2022
- No organization is safe from cyber threats. In 2020 alone, healthcare organizations alone lost almost $21 billion to ransomware attacks. – Ransomware Attacks on US Healthcare Organizations
- Other big industries that get targeted are manufacturing, professional services, and government organizations. Nearly a quarter of ransomware attacks target the manufacturing industry. 17% of attacks target professional services. 13% of ransomware attacks specifically target government organizations. – Ransomware 2020: Attack Trends Affecting Organizations Worldwide
Cybersecurity Fact #2: Data Breaches are on the Rise
- Small to mid-sized businesses are the target of 43% of all data breaches. Compared to large businesses, gaining entry into small business systems is often a breeze due to outdated or lacking cybersecurity practices. – CNBC Small Business Playbook
- Out of all countries, the United States sees the most expensive data breaches in the world, with an average of $4.24 million per attack. That’s a 10% jump in one year, and the biggest single-year increase in the past seven years. – Cost of a Data Breach Report
- 30% of data breaches in the United States involve internal factors like employees, so it’s important to protect from the inside out. To do this we recommend quarterly classes that teach your team the risks of phishing attacks. – 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report
Cybersecurity Fact #3: As Cyber Defense Increases, Cyber Attacks are Evolving
The defense against cyber threats has dramatically increased over recent years with governments and private enterprises spending billions to stop major attacks. Unfortunately, cyber threats are evolving so what might have protected you last year could be out of date and vulnerable.
- In 2021, attacks on supply chain producers increased by more than 100% year-over-year. – The Threat Landscape in 2021
- The total number of distributed denial of service or DDoS attacks will be 15.4 million by 2023. a DDoS is a malicious attempt to disrupt the normal traffic of a targeted server, service or network by overwhelming the target or its surrounding infrastructure with a flood of Internet traffic. – Cisco Annual Internet Report
- Nearly 80% of nation-state attacks specifically target government agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs), and think tanks. – Microsoft Digital Defense Report
Cybersecurity Fact #4: There is a Security Talent Shortage
- As of April 2022, there are over 700,000 cybersecurity job openings in the United States. Cybersecurity analysts are currently the most in-demand job within the industry. – Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat Map
- Looking for a job in cybersecurity? We are hiring!
- It’s estimated that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions globally by 2025. – Cybersecurity Jobs Report
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all these cybersecurity facts; Aspis is here to help. Setting up a consultation with Aspis is fast, easy, and most importantly FREE. Additionally, Aspis offers great services and cybersecurity bundles that are proven to keep your business safe. Start your cybersecurity journey today: https://vciso.aspis.consulting/products/complimentary-discovery-consultation
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