10 Cyber Security Stats Every CIO Should Know

If you’ve been reading this blog or keeping up with the news, you are well aware that corporate data breaches and website hacks have become disturbingly common. From Target to P.F. Chang’s to the Healthcare.gov website, the size and scope of cybercrime—and how to curtail it—has become one of the most pressing issues facing global enterprises and governments today.

With so many numbers and statistics on this topic flying all over the Internet, it can be difficult to pick out those that are truly meaningful to your company. WildPackets is continuing to help educate the public by compiling 10 critical cyber security statistics every CIO should know:

  1. There were 1.5 million monitored cyber attacks in the United States in 2013—IBM, “Security Services 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index”
  2. In 2014 alone, 47 percent of American adults had their personal information exposed by hackers—CNN.com via the Ponemon Institute
  3. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center received 262,813 complaints in 2013—FBI 2013 Internet Crime Report
  4. Globally, cyber crime costs businesses $375-$575 billion annually and causes a net loss of up to 200,000 jobs in the U.S. alone—McAfee, “Net Losses: Estimating the Global Cost of Cybercrime”
  5. 92 percent of data breaches can be described by just nine distinct patterns—Verizon, “2014 Data Breach Investigations Report”
  6. 43 percent of C-level executives say negligent insiders are the greatest threat to sensitive data—IBM services
  7. As many as 110 million customers had their data personal information stolen in the Target data breach, making it the largest such incident in history—CNN Money
  8. In 2013, 48 percent of reported data breaches in the U.S. occurred in the healthcare sector—Identity Theft Resource Center
  9. The global cyber security market will be worth $155.4 billion by 2019—Markets and Markets, “Cyber Security Market (IAM, Encryption, DLP, Risk and Compliance Management, IDS/IPS, UTM, Firewall, Antivirus/Antimalware, SVM/SIEM, Disaster Recovery, DDoS Mitigation, Web Filtering, Security Services) – Global Advancements, Forecasts & Analysis (2014-2019)”
  10. Cyber security is now the top concern for business legal directors and general counsels—FTI Consulting, “Law in the Boardroom”

After reading these statistics you may be left wondering if there is any hope for your company’s network security. Fortunately, tools to prevent malicious attacks are available to CIOs. WildPackets provides solutions like network forensics and cyber attack analysis to help businesses keep unwanted intruders away from confidential data and content, providing features like:

  • Network Recording – capturing network traffic from 1G, 10G, and 40G networks around the clock for forensic analysis
  • Searching and Inspection – enabling administrators and security experts to comb through archived traffic for anomalies and signs of security events
  • Trend Analysis and Base-lining – characterizing network and application usage so that anomalies can be detected more quickly
  • Reporting – by capturing data and distilling analysis into reports, security and IT experts log the results of their investigations and review network vulnerabilities in post-mortem analysis

Understanding that cyber criminals are constantly developing new techniques, WildPackets strives to keep its network monitoring products on the bleeding edge. Recently, we once again set the standard for WLAN analysis and forensics with the release of Omnipliance WiFi, the industry’s first wireless WLAN analysis appliance. Click here to learn more about this exciting new product.


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