KEY FINDINGS FROM OUR 2017
INTERNET SECURITY THREAT REPORT

 
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Website security has never been more important.

 

Estimated number of people
connected to the internet today1

3.5

BILLION

Number of people
shopping online2

2.1

BILLION BY 2021

 
 
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Websites are vulnerable with critical elements susceptible to major attacks – leading to malware and data breaches.

 
 
 

Symantec scanned
websites with malware3

76% in 2016

76% IN 2016

Number of identities
exposed in 20164

1.1

BILLION
95% increase Year over Year

Average cost per lost
or stolen record: $1585

chart 15% per capita increase in the 4 years

15% per capita increase
in the past 4 years

 
 
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Unsurprisingly, cybercrime leapt to the second most reported economic crime.6

 
 
 

Almost 40% of information lost
in data breaches in 2016 was
Personal Financial Information7

Up 6% from 2015

UP 6% FROM 2015

Average estimated cost of an organization's largest cyber incident in 2016 peaked at roughly $102,000 with 72% of larger companies reporting one or more attacks in a calender year.8

The frequency of reported cybercrime has shown significant acceleration in 2016, leaping from 4th to 2nd place amid the most-reported types of economic crime. Notably, it was the only economic crime to have registered an increase in that category.9

 
 
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LIVING OFF THE LAND ATTACKS

 
Living Off the land attacks

Attackers are using what's available to attack us. Email becomes the Weapon of Choice for 2016.
The most noteworthy trend observed through 2016 was the uptick in email malware rates. The rate jumped from 1 in 220 emails in 2015 to 1 in 131 emails in 2016.10

 
 

BUSINESSES OF ANY SIZE AND
INDUSTRY ARE A TARGET FOR ATTACK

 

In 2016 Small to Medium sized Businesses were the most impacted by phishing attacks with 1 in 95 emails containing malware.11

1 in 95 emails containing malware
 
 
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Attackers have honed and perfected the ransomware business model, using strong encryption, anonymous Bitcoin payments, and vast spam campaigns to create dangerous and wide-ranging malware.

 
 
 

During 2016, ransomware was one of the most significant threats facing both individuals and organizations. Attackers have honed and perfected the ransomware business model, using strong encryption, anonymous Bitcoin payments, and vast spam campaigns to create dangerous and wide-ranging malware. The increasing number of new ransomware families signals that more and more attackers are jumping on the bandwagon.

The average ransom demand increased by 266% year over year.

THE AVERAGE RANSOM DEMAND
INCREASED BY 266% YEAR OVER YEAR.12

 
 
 

Email sent daily
in 201614

269

BILLION

The general office worker
receives an average of15

600 emails per week

600 EMAILS
PER WEEK

 
 
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spam email traffic

More than half of inbound business email traffic was spam in 2016.16

 
 
 
18.4 Million Malware Detections

Symantec observed

18.4 MILLION

mobile malware detections

in total in 2016, an increase of 105% on 2015.13

Symantec has continued to observe an increase in malicious activity related to mobile devices, driven by cybercriminals using tried and trusted methods to monetize attacks. Android continues to be the most targeted mobile platform. However, following an explosive year in 2015, the rate of growth in attacks against Android has slowed for the first time in 2016 as attackers consolidate their activities and contend with improved security architectures.

 
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Organizations need to start thinking about their websites as part of an entire ecosystem that needs constant care and attention. Basic common sense and the introduction of some good security habits can go a long way to keeping sites and servers safe this year.

Adopt Symantec Website Security in 2017 and, together with Symantec, make it a good year for cyber security and a very bad one for cybercriminals.

Get the full story, plus best practices to stay secure online, by downloading the full ISTR today.

 
 

Sources:
1 http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Statistics/Documents/facts/ICTFactsFigures2016.pdf
2 http://dashboard-na1.emarketer.com/numbers/dist/index.html#/584b26021403070290f93abf/5851918b0626310a2c186bb9
3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16 ISTR 2017
5 2016 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis, Ponemon Institute, June 2016
6, 9 PWC Global Economic Crime Survey 2016
8 The Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report
14, 15 Email Statistics Report, 2017-2021, Radicati Group, February 2017

 

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