49 striking figures and statistics about cybersecurity

49 striking figures and statistics about cybersecurity

striking figures statistics about cybersecurity
Posted by David Galiana, on Monday 23 September 2019, updated on Tuesday 29 November 2022

Many see the explosion of the internet as the innovation of the century…but what’s the other side of the coin?

Without a doubt, the advent of the internet has brought about an exponential rise of cybercrime. Fraud, data theft, espionage, manipulation, viruses, etc… our data can be stolen and used without our consent at any time.

Cybersecurity is today a major issue for enterprises that need to protect their and maintain their clients’ trust.

To demonstrate the severity of the issue, we’ve gathered 48 figures and statistics that represent cybercrime and cybersecurity in France and abroad.

Cyber-crime today

In 2018, phishing was the most common attack, with 73% of companies affected. As for fraud targeting the CEO, this has happened to 1/2 enterprises.

59% of enterprises interviewed state that cyberattacks have harmed the work of the company, causing serious damage:

  • 26% of businesses witnessed a relevant decline of the production during a long period of time;
  • 23% of businesses have had their website blocked for a significant amount of time;
  • 12% of companies had to refuse deliveries to certain clients;
  • 11% of companies suffered a considerable loss in turnover;
  • 9% of companies witnessed a fall in the production during a significant period of time;
  • 22% of companies mentioned other negative aspects (an increased workload, low productivity and bad reputation).

On average, companies suffer 5 different attacks a year.

Among the most common risks we found:

  • IT shadow: using apps and pieces of software that aren’t approved by the internal IT system (64%);
  • Permanent residual weaknesses (61%);
  • A human handling error (52%).

98% of companies stated that digital transformations (the increasing use of clouds, the Internet of Things) had an impact on the security of information systems and of data. 87% of enterprises house their data on clouds (52% on public clouds).

Source: 4e baromètre annuel du Cesin

Attacks to the IoT have increased by 600% in 2017. (Symantec)

SMEs are also victimes of cyberattacks

43% of attacks target small business. (Small Business Trends)

4/10 SMEs (42%) have suffered several cyber-attacks or attempted cyber-attacks.

Main types of cyber-attacks: phishing (24%), malware (20%), ransomware (16%), fraud to the president (6%).

Protecting SMEs against cyber-attacks:

  • 36% of enterprises change their computer passwords at least once a month;
  • 39% of enterprises have a triple protection system for their computers (antivirus, firewall, ati-spam);
  • 30% (less than a third) of businesses have a triple protection system for their network.

98% of enterprises have at least one backup tool.

The most common tools used for storing data are:

  • An external support (USB stick, etc.) (68%);
  • A cloud solution (49%);
  • An internal server (45%).

Source:  CPME – La cybersécurité des entreprises de moins de 50 salariés – January 2019

Cybersecurity : overview, cost and action

Only 17% of SMEs are insured against cyber-attacks.

76% of businesses raise awareness about cybercrime among their team, of which 44% at least every year.

Source : CPME – La cybersécurité des entreprises de moins de 50 salariés – January 2019

On average, a company needs at least 6 months to detect a violation (ZDNet).

Only 38% of global organisations state that being equipped for and capable of tackling a cyberattack is difficult. (IBM)

21% of all the business accounts are open to everyone. (Varonis)

90% of breaches of personal data resulted from human error. (Techradar)

71% of Americans fear that their personal and financial data is misused while only 24% are scared of cyber terrorism. (Gallup)

In January 2019, 1.76 bn accounts had already been hacked. (IT Governance)

In 2017, the medium cost of a malware attack was around 2.4 million dollars. (Accenture)

The cost of damages caused by ransomware reach 11,5 million dollars in 2019. This year, a company will be under threat of a ransomware attack every 14 seconds. (Cybersecurity Ventures)

Despite the rapid growth of cybercrime, expenses in cybersecurity are only rising by 9% a year from here to 2023. (Juniper Research)

Source : 19ème panorama cyber du Clusif – January 2019

In 2019, the ANSSI had a budget of 100 million euros for cybersecurity and a team of about 570 employees.


It’s important to understand the importance of cybersecurity and to invest in antiviruses, firewalls and other highly secured tools to protect your own and your clients’ data.

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