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Global security breaches up 48 percent for 2014

Friday 24 October 2014 14:44 CET | News

The number of reported security incidents rose 48% to 42.8 million for 2014, the equivalent of 117,339 attacks per day, a recent survey shows.

According to the Global State of Information Security Survey 2015, a worldwide report by CIO, CSO, and PwC, the compound annual growth rate of detected security incidents has increased 66% year-over-year since 2009.

Globally, the estimated reported average financial loss from cybersecurity incidents was USD 2.7 million, a 34% increase over 2013. Big losses have been more common in 2014 as organizations reporting financial hits in excess of USD 20 million rose 92%. Global information security budgets actually decreased 4% when compared with 2013. Security spending as a percentage of IT budget has remained stalled at 4% or less for the past five years.

The survey reveals that larger organizations (with gross annual revenues of USD 1 billion or more) detected 44% more incidents in 2014. Comparatively, medium-sized organizations (with revenues of USD 100 million to USD 1 billion) witnessed a 64% increase in the number of incidents detected.

Findings also indicate that high-profile attacks by nation-states, organized crime, and competitors are among the least frequent incidents, yet are among the fastest-growing cyber threats. For 2014, respondents who reported a compromise by nation-states increased 86%—and these incidents are also most likely under-reported. The survey also found a 64% increase in security incidents attributed to competitors, some of whom may be backed by nation-states.


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Keywords: global, security, breaches, CIO, CSO, PwC, cybersecurity, cyber threats
Categories: Securing Transactions | Digital Identity, Security & Online Fraud
Countries: World
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