The cyber security industry is growing as you’re reading this.More specialists join the ranks, more malware is being launched every day thanever before: 230,000 new malware samples/day according to the lateststatistics. Naturally, more resources are being deployed to counter cyberattacks. That’s why I thought it would be helpful to sum up 10 cyber securityfacts that define the current information security landscape.
One of these essential facts is the estimated annual cost forcyber crime committed globally which has added up to 100 billion dollars! Anddon’t think that all that money comes from hackers targeting corporations,banks or wealthy celebrities. Individual users like you and me are alsotargets.
As long as you’re connected to the Internet, you can become avictim of cyber attacks.
So that’s why we wanted to walk you through some of the mostshocking cyber security facts that you maybe wish you’d known until the presentmoment.
These will give you a much more accurate idea of howdangerous it really is to go online without proper protection.
1. The most wantedcyber criminals in the world
On FBI’s Most Wanted List for cyber criminals you willcurrently find 19 individuals, each being responsible for consumer lossesranging from $350,000 to more than $100 million. They are from all over theworld and huge rewards are offered for their capture.
2. The most expensivecomputer virus of all times
Ever wondered how much damage a computer virus can do? Let usgive you a compelling example through this next cyber security fact. MyDoom isconsidered to be the most expensive virus in the world and in cyber securityhistory, having caused an estimated financial damage of $38.5 billion!
3. Social media – ahackers’ favorite target
Currently, according to in depth statistics, there are morethan 1.6 billion social network users worldwide with more than 64% of internetusers accessing social media services online. Moreover, social networking isone of the most popular ways for online users to spend their time, and apreferred way to stay in contact with friends and families.
4. 99% of computers arevulnerable to exploit kits
Cyber security fact: Oracle Java, Adobe Reader or Adobe Flashis present on 99% of computers. That means that 99% of computer users arevulnerable to exploit kits (software vulnerabilities).
Why? Because the vulnerabilities that these types of softwareoften present are extremely critical: all it takes is one click on an infectedadvertising banner to give a hacker full access to your computer.
5. Security warning:inside jobs
Maybe you’ll be surprised to find out that a shocking 59% ofemployees steal proprietary corporate data when they quit or are fired. Butthere are more types of insider threats to get protection.
6. Social engineering –cyber criminals’ favorite way to manipulate victims
People are the weakest link when it comes to cyber security,which is why psychological manipulation of cyber attack victims is so common.
7. Your government ismaking you more vulnerable
Cyber security fact: governments around the world arecreating malware and using it as digital weapons or in espionage programs. Inthe past 5 years, more than a handful of government malware have beendiscovered (such as Stuxnet), but their origins have yet to receive fullattribution.
8. There is a real-timemap that shows cyber attacks in action
Ever wondered how cyber attacks look at a global scale? Nowyou have the chance to do it with this real-time map put together by Norse.
9. Hacktivism is themain motivation that drives cyber attacks
Hacktivism accounts for half of the cyber attacks launched inthe world. The term represents a subversive use of computers and computernetworks to promote a political agenda. With roots in hacker culture and hackerethics, its ends are often related to the free speech, human rights, or freedomof information.
10. 68% of funds lostas a result of a cyber attack were declared unrecoverable
Cyber crime is not only costly, but poses other problems aswell for organizations worldwide.