4 Statistics to Know About Cyber Security

The importance of proper cybersecurity is obvious, especially in today’s technology-run world. News articles about data breaches affecting major companies are commonplace in this day and age. However, it is easy to downplay just how much damage that cybersecurity issues have caused in the technological age without statistics.

1. Hackers Attack Every 39 Seconds 

In a study conducted by Michel Cukier of the Clark School’s Center for Risk and Reliability and Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland, it was found that hackers attack computers on an average of every 39 seconds. This number stacked up to an average 2,244 attacks being attempted per day, according to Cukier.

2. Over 300,000 Cyber Security Job Openings Are Unfilled 

Cyber Seek, a site created by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) to provide information about the cybersecurity job market, estimates that there are over 300,000 unfilled jobs in the cyber security sector of America. The exact number displayed on their heat map is 313,735 openings, with the highest amount of demand being in states such as California, Virginia, Texas, and Florida.

3. 77 percent of Successful Attacks in 2017 Were Fileless 

Research conducted by the Ponemon Institute for their 2017 endpoint security report shows that the days of dangerous attacks being unleashed by opening a .exe file are rapidly coming to an end. Their statistics show that 77 percent of successful cyber attacks were the cause of fileless attacks. Fileless attacks involve the exploitation of already-installed software, applications with certain permissions, and authorized protocols. For example, you go to a website sent to you through email. Once the link is opened, PowerShell or command prompt opens and commands are sent to start the attack. This deceiving tactic is ten times more likely to succeed than attacks utilizing files.

4. The Total Cost of a Successful Cyber Attack is over $5 Million Dollars 

An infographic offered in the Ponemon Institute’s 2017 report is the cost of a cyber attack that is completed successfully. The overall payout, including costs for downtime, lawsuits, theft of information assets, and damage to infrastructure comes to a whopping total of $5,010,600.


Cybersecurity offers peace of mind to anyone using the internet, whether it be the largest corporation or a personal computer in a small home office. It is important to make sure that you have updated systems in place to protect your data. The easiest way to solve an issue is to make sure that it never happens.

Written By Ryan Cooper