Varonis Blog Highlights 110 Cybersecurity Statistics

Cybersecurity company Varonis has issued its predictions for the forthcoming year with a blog post entitled 110 Cybersecurity Statics For 2020. The blog states that cybersecurity issues are becoming a day-to-day struggle for businesses. Recent trends and cybersecurity statistics reveal a huge increase in hacked and breached data from sources that are increasingly common in the workplace, like mobile and IoT devices.


"In order to give you a better idea of the current state of overall security, we’ve compiled the 110 must-know cybersecurity statistics for 2020. Hopefully, this will help you paint a picture of how potentially dire leaving your company insecure can be as well as show the prevalence and need for cybersecurity in business. This includes data breaches, hacking stats, different types of cybercrime, industry-specific stats, spending, costs and the cybersecurity career field," Varonis states.


It continues: "The increasing amount of large-scale, well-publicized breaches suggests that not only are the number of security breaches going up — they’re increasing in severity, as well. Data breaches expose sensitive information that often leaves exposed users at risk for identity theft, ruin companies’ reputations and almost always leave the company liable for compliance violations.


"See the data breach statistics below to help quantify the effects, motivations and causes of these damaging attacks."


  • Security breaches have increased by 11% since 2018 and 67% since 2014. (Accenture)
  • Hackers attack every 39 seconds, on average 2,244 times a day. (University of Maryland) 
  • The average time to identify a breach in 2019 was 206 days. (IBM)
  • The average lifecycle of a breach was 314 days (from the breach to containment). (IBM)
  • 500 million consumers, dating back to 2014, had their information compromised in the Marriott-Starwood data breach made public in 2018. (Marriott)
  • 64% of Americans have never checked to see if they were affected by a data breach. (Varonis)
  • 56% of Americans don’t know what steps to take in the event of a data breach. (Varonis)
  • The average cost of a data breach is $3.92 million as of 2019. (Security Intelligence)
  • 83% of enterprise workloads will move to the cloud by the year 2020. (Forbes)
  • In 2016, 3 billion Yahoo accounts were hacked in one of the biggest breaches of all time. (NY Times)
  • In 2016, Uber reported that hackers stole the information of over 57 million riders and drivers. (Uber)
  • Uber tried to pay off hackers to delete the stolen data of 57 million users and keep the breach quiet. (Bloomberg)
  • In 2017, 412 million user accounts were stolen from Friendfinder’s sites. (Wall Street Journal)  
  • In 2017, 147.9 million consumers were affected by the Equifax Breach. (Equifax)
  • The Equifax breach cost the company over $4 billion in total. (Time Magazine)
  • In 2018, Under Armor reported that its “My Fitness Pal” was hacked, affecting 150 million users. (Under Armour)
  • 18 Russians, 19 Chinese individuals, 11 Iranians and one North Korean were involved in indictments for their alleged state-sponsored espionage against the United States. (Symantec)


The full report can be seen here at https://www.varonis.com/blog/cybersecurity-statistics/

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