comments 16.10.2009 Paul Shuteyev @ General

Alarming Statistics Related to Corporate Data Loss.

Sad Corporate Data Loss Statistics 2009

Business executives and owners who may wonder if they need to protect their corporate data will appreciate certain statistics that we have prepared.

43% of organizations say their information security function is now part of their organizations’ risk management function.
–Ernst & Young

The average loss per phishing victim jumped from $257 in 2005 to $1,244 in 2006.
–Gartner Inc.

1 in 3 workers jot down their computer password, undermining their security.
–Nucleus Research and KnowledgeStorm

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73% of computers use spam blockers.
–Arbitron/Edison Media

Roughly 1 in 3 computer users has been a victim of viruses, spyware or phishing.
–Consumer Reports

U.S. consumers spent $7.8 billion over the last two years for computer repairs, parts and replacements because of malware attacks.
–Consumer Reports

The average cost of insider data breaches is $3.4 million per business per year.
–Ponemon Institute/ArcSight

1/5 of all e-mail messages received by corporate servers are spam.
–Panda Software

1 in 20 e-mails are infected with malware.
–Panda Software

64% of small businesses say they’ve taken action to better protect customer financial information.
–VISA USA/US Chamber of Commerce

72% of businesses express concern about information and/or physical security of company assets located off-premise.
–Runzheimer International

Asia is the top spam-relaying continent, responsible for 42.8%.

US users land on malicious websites about 285 million times per month by clicking on results from the five major search engines.
–McAfee Inc.

85% say handheld devices used in their organization should require security protection.
–FierceWireless/BluefireWireless Security

68% of information security professionals at large organizations say laptops pose the biggest security risk.
–Enterprise Strategy Group

Computer security threats, including viruses, worms and Trojan horses were up 48% in 2005 from the previous year.

Phishing grew from an average of 2.99 million messages, to 5.70 million.
–Symantec Internet Security Threat Repor

People who bank online are less likely to become victims of fraud and suffer an average loss of $551 compared to $4,500 for paper and mail bankers.
–Javelin Strategy & Research

20% of consumers terminated a relationship with a company after being notified of a security breach.
–Ponemon Institute

Total cybercrime losses in 2005 were $130.1 million; the majority of the losses were due to viruses, unauthorized access to computer systems and theft of propriety information.
–CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey

12% of respondents say their confidence in a company had actually increased after they were notified of a personal data security breach; 58% said a breach had decreased their sense of trust and confidence in the organization.
–Ponemon Institute LLC


More than 90% of internet users have changed their habits to try and reduce their exposure to spyware.
–Pew Internet & American Life Project

Over 80% of internet users no longer open attachments from unknown sources.
–Pew Internet & American Life Project

60% of internet users who report computer problems do not know the source.
–Pew Internet & American Life Project

25% of internet users say they always read user agreements, privacy statements or other disclaimers before installing or downloading files from the internet.
–Pew Internet & American Life Project

63% more computers were infested with malicious code–i.e. spyware, adware, etc.–in the first six months of 2005 than all of 2004.

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Written by: Paul Shuteyev

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Responses (4) on "Alarming Statistics Related to Corporate Data Loss."

  1. WOW, these stats are $%^&* shocking. It’s good we’re not using PCs at work at all

  2. In truth, immediately i didn’t understand the essence. But after re-reading all at once became clear.

  3. 2 M. Strooden:

    So I bet you have the best protection – you just dont use PC :)

  4. 2 strooden,
    You are mistaken in thinking that no pc’s make you safe. Stats show that linux and mac users are more likerly than pc users to be affected by a phising scam, due to this exact mentality,
    Also no operating system is malware or virus free. let me give you a quick reason why

    Linux. Yes I am a Linux user but I don’t follow the hype that Linux is malware free. Malware exsists for Linux but with smart and cautious thinking you will rarely get infected with such nasty things. Many people believe Linux is free of Malware but it can’t be. The main argument is that you control what users and files can and can’t do down to extremely granular control as wether or not a file can be executable. Let us think for a moment on how some malware works, some Malware such as Trojans are made to appear to be something useful or harmless to the user, without cautious thinking a Linux user may allow this to install and give it permissions to be executable. BAM! Infected. These forms of Malware focus on the user being careless. This happens to everyone, reguardless how intelligent you are one day one of these may slip right under you radar. Now lets look at Viruses. Viruses in there nature attach to other programs and execute code from within another program, this may require the Virus to be executable, or just to already place an infected file on your machine. Sure enough it will spread. Most viruses though are programmed for Windows Operating systems so in a way Linux appears immune to Viruses due to this, really its just that Linux viruses are more rare because people who write more common viruses want to hit a target where they know it will spread, and Windows is common enough to allow that. So Thus Linux is far from immune to Malware.

    Now lets look at Macs. Personaly I have rarely used Macs but being a student of technology I understand where the OS originated. Mac was built on a very similer platform as Linux, an operating system called Unix. Considering I can’t go into as much detail I will be brief and just make the over all point, if Linux can be infected, then what can be said about Macs that would truely prove they can’t as well? Alot of the OS is hidden to the user, alot of things are taken care of for them, error will occure and exploits follow and the malware is close behind.

    And last but not least there is Windows. Windows is the biggest Malware magnet known to the technological world. Now one good question would be “Why is Windows a malware magnet?”. Some would assume that it is due to rushed code and poor quality control, they would be partialy right, but there is alot more to it then that. Windows being a very user friendly OS as well as one of the most commonly used only prove to make it a prime target for programmers who build malware. Malware of any fashion need to be able to spread to survive, a programmer wants what ever piece of trouble they build to grow and thrive, its how they either make their statement or make their money. Windows being so commonly used makes it a highly valid candidate for such attacks, the OS is commonly used and most end users aren’t aware of the potential risks out there so will sometimes blindly click links, open emails or download files that just seem “interesting”. So in truth even with some of the flops that have been brought about over the years (*cough cough* Vista *cough cough*) the issue doesn’t rest souly on the OS itself.