13 statistics on the state of cybersecurity

In a survey of cybersecurity professionals around the world, 76.6 percent said their companies had experienced an increase in cyberattacks between 2013 and 2014. The majority of respondents — 82.5 percent — felt it was likely or very likely their organization would experience a cyberattack in 2015.

Here are 13 statistics on the current state of cybersecurity from the perspective of international cybersecurity professionals, representing more than 20 industries, including healthcare and insurance.

  • 68.3 percent of respondents' organizations experienced phishing attacks in 2014.
  • 66.5 percent reported malware attacks in 2014.
  • 50.1 percent reported hacking attempts.
  • 46.5 percent reported social engineering attacks.
  • 43.9 percent reported loss of mobile devices.
  • Respondents said security was penetrated most commonly in 2014 by cybercriminals (45.6 percent), nonmalicious insiders (40.7 percent) and hackers (40.1 percent).
  • 32.8 percent of respondents felt financial gain was the motivation for cyberattacks.
  • 24.4 percent felt disruption of service was the motivation.
  • 19.4 percent felt intellectual property theft was the motivation.
  • 11.6 percent felt data theft was the motivation.
  • 11.7 percent felt theft of personally identifiable information was the motivation.
  • Respondents who worked in the healthcare industry ranked theft of personally identifiable information as the highest motivating reason for cyberattacks (36.1 percent), and ranked it higher than all other industries in the survey.
  • 56.1 percent of respondents said the security budget at their organizations will increase in 2015.

The online survey, conducted by ISACA, polled more than 1,500 individuals who work in cybersecurity, information security, technology services and financial services. Note not every respondent answered every survey question, but 650 respondents completed the survey in its entirety.  


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