Four cyber security statistics you need to know
In this blog piece, we’re going to cover four must-know cyber security statistics, and why they matter!
1) 92% of Malware is delivered by mail
Email is one of the most common tools hackers use to perform cyber-attacks. Lots of people use email providers like Gmail and Hotmail, which offer some level of protection, but doesn’t offer comprehensive defence against all cyber threats.
When opening emails, be wary of opening any attachments sent by unfamiliar senders. If you’re unsure, don’t open or download the attachments or click any links in the email, as they may include viruses.
If you receive an email that looks suspicious you should try to verify its legitimacy by thoroughly reading the email. Look for clear indicators that it is malicious. This could include:
• Spelling mistakes and typos
• The email doesn’t address you by name
• The contact information on the email doesn’t match the contact information on the website
• The email uses forceful language
2) 73% of passwords are duplicates
Do you use the same password for all your accounts, personal and private? You could be putting your personal information and business at risk. If your password is compromised in a cyber-attack, a cyber-criminal could use your password to access all your accounts, including your emails.
Ideally, you would have a unique password made up of random letters, numbers and symbols, for every account you have. However, it becomes difficult to remain dozens of different passwords unless you use a password manager. We recommend using different passwords across your different accounts. Try not to use personal information in your passwords, such and names or places, or obvious words like ‘password’, because criminals may be able to guess your password. Be sure to use numbers and symbols to make your password stronger.
Consider using a tiered password system. Use a unique password for your email and work accounts and use variations of the same email for the accounts that matter less to you, to help you remember your passwords more easily.
3) 98% of cyber-attacks rely on social engineering
Cyber criminals are, unfortunately, smart. They know how to play with our fears and emotions to take advantage of people. That’s why 98% of cyber-attacks rely on social engineering.
Social engineering is a manipulation tactic used by cyber criminals to gain your trust, make you feel guilty, vulnerable, or scared. Often this involves using threats to make you feel frightened, or pretending to be a reputable person or business, like a family member or your bank, in order to gain your trust.
Once the cyber criminal has manipulated you, they will make you give them your private information, such as passwords or bank details.
If you think someone is trying to trick you, report it. Be wary of phishing scams, where criminals mask their identity to lure their victims into a false sense of security. Always be on your toes.
4) Over 50% of cyber-attacks target small businesses
A lot of criminals target small businesses, because small business owners either don’t consider the threat of cyber-crime or they don’t have the budget to protect their business.
Typically, large businesses have dedicated IT departments and cyber security personnel, or they outsource their security to a 3rd party. Small businesses are often more vulnerable, and easier targets for cyber criminals.
If you’re a small business owner, you should consider implementing cyber security measures at your business. You need to be able to identify potential threats, protect yourself from attacks, detect any attacks that slip through, respond to the threats as they’re happening, and know how to recover your information and systems should there be a successful attack on your business.