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September 26, 2017

Six Cybersecurity Stats That Will Shock You


These days, it seems like you can’t open up the news without hearing about a developing cybersecurity incident of some sort — from data breaches at companies like Deloitte and Equifax to ransomware outbreaks, phishing scams and everything in between.

The constant slew of negative headlines can cause something called breach fatigue, or cybersecurity overload. Many people, in other words, are no longer shocked when they read about a cybersecurity incident, and this is very troubling. Now, more than ever, business leaders need to be aware of the threats that are lurking online and equipped with strategies for handling them.   

Are you suffering from breach fatigue? Here are seven cybersecurity stats that will shock you:

7 Percent of all Amazon S3 Servers are exposed.

Many companies choose to store their data in the cloud, thinking that it’s safer than keeping it in-house. But not all cloud environments will guarantee strong cybersecurity. Many will provide the infrastructure, but will leave you on your own to protect your servers. At Amazon, for instance, there has been a big uptick in data breaches on S3 servers over the last year. Many businesses are making their servers accessible online, exposing troves of private data in the process.

Cyberattacks against SMBs have increased by 55 percent this year.

It’s been a slow process, but more and more small to medium-sized business (SMB) owners are finally coming around to the fact that their businesses are just as vulnerable to cybercrime as large enterprises. Why is this happening? It’s because SMBs are getting hammered with data breaches. This year alone, cyberattacks against SMBs have skyrocketed. This trend will undoubtedly continue.

1.5 million new phishing sites are created each month.

Hackers are now flooding the Internet with fake websites that appear to look legitimate, but are actually designed to trick end users into clicking on harmful links or surrendering personal data. These websites are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and harder to track and shut down.

68 percent of consumers believe brands put their personal data at risk.

One of the major downsides to the cybercrime pandemic is that consumers are losing trust in the ability for companies to protect their data. Understand, though, that this can actually be a positive differentiating factor for companies that can avoid data breaches.

1 in 131 emails now contain malware.

Take a look at your inbox, which most likely contains thousands and thousands of archived messages. New research shows that as many as 1 in 131 are embedded with malware that can be used to hijack your personal information, or lead to a costly data breach in your organization. What’s hiding in your inbox?

Mobile malware increased by 61 percent over the last four quarters.

Think mobile devices are safe from malware? They’re not. According to one new study, mobile malware is expanding at an alarming rate. This is especially problematic when considering that many organizations still aren’t using robust mobile device management strategies despite the fact that employees are using mobile devices at work.  

A new breed of hacktrepeneurs has awoken and they have little to fear and everything to gain by infecting as many companies as possible and extorting money from them. Apex Technology Services stands ready to protect your company regardless of whether it’s located in New York CityWhite Plains, New York; Connecticut; Australia; Europe; or anywhere else. Our full suite of cybersecurity and IT support services is at your disposal, enabling you to spend less time worrying about and more time growing your business.

To ensure your security, consider one of our most popular services — Auditing & Documentationwhich pinpoints vulnerabilities in your infrastructure, process flow and internal security procedures.


 

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