2017 Cybersecurity Stats and Future Predictions

Another year is drawing to a close, and with it comes reflection on the year that was. Let’s dive right into some 2017 cybersecurity stats.

  • Cyberattacks have been climbing and are expected to do so. Experts estimate that the monetary damage from cyberattacks will hit $6 trillion worldwide by 2021. That’s double what it was in 2016.
  • Ransomware cost people and organizations $325 million in 2015, which was a 1500% increase from 2013. The numbers haven’t been finalized for 2017 yet, but the expectation was for it to cost $5 billion. by 2019 that number is expected to reach $11.5 billion.
  • That doesn’t mean the targets of cybercrimes will just sit back and take it. Cybersecurity spending is expected to be in excess of $1 trillion by 2021.
  • Anyone involved in IT these days has to do pull at least a little duty as a cybersecurity expert. There’s already a shortage of workers in cybersecurity, and that shortage is predicted to be 3.5 million jobs by 2021.
  • As of right now, there are 3.8 billion internet users in the world, a number that’s almost doubled since 2015. By 2022 there will be 6 billion, and by 2030 that number is expected to be 7.5 billion, roughly 90% of the world’s population. Expect hackers to target people more and more.

If you haven’t been hit by a cybercrime yet, count yourself lucky and make sure not to rest on your laurels. We have a plethora of solutions to help you avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime.

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