Cybercrime to cost businesses trillions
Over the next five years, data breaches will have cost global business a total of $8 trillion in fines, lost business and remediation costs.
This is according to the Juniper Research report, “The Future of Cybercrime & Security: Enterprise Threats & Mitigation 2017-2022”, which found that while organisations’ spend on cyber security is increasing, it is not keeping pace with threats posed by data breaches.
“Global cyber security spend will reach nearly $135 billion in 2022, up from an estimated $93 billion this year,” reveals the research.
“Businesses are now faced with a plethora of different cyber security solutions to choose from, many of which don’t integrate well with each other and require a high level of expertise and manpower to manage. This means that threats can be missed, and small businesses, which are more likely to be targeted by cyber criminals, are the least able to effectively manage their security.”
Meanwhile, a Kaspersky Lab report, “Measuring the Financial Impact of IT Security on Businesses”, found a single cyber security incident now costs large businesses around $861 000 on average, while small and medium businesses (SMBs) end up paying an average of $86 500 per incident.
Riaan Badenhorst, MD of Kaspersky Lab Africa, said the average IT security budget will cover only 2.5 cyber attacks once all direct and indirect losses are taken into account.
“With thousands of threats attacking the corporate world every day, efficient cyber security definitely pays off.