Cyber attacks are costly from all points. Payment information, customer data and other types of sensitive data are at risk when attackers make their way into seemingly secure areas. Major breaches like the Facebook Cambridge Analytics incident and the huge Equifax breach are stark reminders that everyone is capable of becoming a victim. In fact, there is an estimated cyber attack every 39 seconds and the average cost of a data breach is estimated to exceed $150 million by 2020.
Despite all of this, some companies and individuals don’t always take the necessary precautions to protect themselves from cyber attacks despite its impact and likelihood being very high. This is especially true with the rapid advancement of technology and increasing connectivity to the IoT with smart appliances and smart cars. People may not be as cautious since they simply don’t’ believe it will happen to them.
In response, Varonis took a look at how likely a cyber attack is compared to other events most people feel won’t happen to them. The stats don’t lie—cyber attacks are actually one of the most likely things to happen to you. These types of attacks are actually more likely to occur in comparison to a home burglary or invasion! Take a look at the visual to see where cyber attacks stack up against other seemingly impossible events.
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