It’s October, and you know what that means …

That’s right, it’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Each year, cybersecurity companies publish a number of research reports focusing on different aspects of cybersecurity and breach trends. Below is a list of some of the most alarming statistics from several companies that published reports throughout the year.

Bitglass — 2020 Insider Threat Report

  • 61% of respondents reported at least one insider attack over the last 12 months (22% reported at least six separate attacks).
  • Most organizations cannot guarantee they can detect insider threats stemming from personal devices (82%) or the cloud (50%), while 81% find it difficult to assess the impact of insider attacks. 

Bitglass — 2020 Remote Work Report

  • 41% of organizations have not taken any steps to expand secure access for the remote workforce.

Bitglass — 2020 BYOD Report

  • Despite BYOD fairly being embraced in the workforce, 51% of organizations lack any visibility into file sharing apps, and 30% have no visibility or control over mobile enterprise messaging tools.

Bugcrowd — Inside the Mind of a Hacker Report

  • Hackers on the Bugcrowd platform prevented $8.9 billion of cybercrime in 2019 and are on track to prevent more than $55 billion of cybercrime by 2025.
  • 78% of hackers said AI-powered cybersecurity solutions alone aren’t enough to outmaneuver cyberattacks over the next decade.

Jumio — 2019 Holiday New Account Fraud Report

  • Globally, full-year fraud rates increased 28% in 2019 year-over-year (versus 2018 levels) and 96% over 2017 levels.

LogRhythm’s State of the Security Team Report

  • 93% of security professionals lack the tools to detect known security threats, and 92% state they are still in need of the appropriate preventative solutions to close current security gaps.
  • 75% of security professionals now experience more work stress than just two years ago.
  • When asked what causes the most work-related stress, the two most selected answers were not having enough time (41%) and working with executives (18%). In fact, 57% of respondents indicated their security program lacks proper executive support — defined as providing strategic vision, buy-in, and budget.

ForgeRock’s 2020 Consumer Identity Breach Report

  • The average cost of a data breach in the U.S. increased 112% from 2018 to $8.19 million in 2019.
  • Over 5.05 billion records were impacted in 2019, up 78.57% from 2018.
  • 2020 is on track to exceed 2019 in regards to the number of records breached. Over 1.6 billion records were impacted in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020 alone, showing the year is on track to top the 5 billion records impacted over all of 2019. Compared to Q1 2019, the number of records impacted is up 9% from 1.4 billion, even though total breaches were down 57.79%.
  • Social Security numbers (SSNs) and birthdates (DoBs) were the most pilfered data in Q1 2020, accounting for 34% of all data stolen.
  • Health care was the most breached industry in Q1 2020, accounting for 51% of all breaches. As the healthcare industry continues to be plagued by COVID-19, they will continue to be a prime target for attackers.

What are you doing this month to stay safe? And what are your plans for the future? I’d love to hear about them — tag Mission Critical in your cybersecurity awareness posts on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, especially if your strategy includes a scary Halloween costume to ward of the hackers!