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Global Cost of Cybercrime Predicted to Hit $6 Trillion Annually By 2021, Study Says

Start saving now.The global cost of cybercrime could reach $6 trillion by 2021, according to a Cybersecurity Ventures report.

A report out by Cybersecurity Ventures predicts global annual cybercrime costs will grow to $6 trillion by 2021. 

While a $6 trillion estimate might be a little high, “a trillion dollars plus is a real possibility,” says Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. Though this isn’t a number he saw coming down the pipeline. “If you asked me five or six years ago, I’d fall over,” he says.   

The predicted cybercrime cost takes into account all damages associated with cybercrime including: damage and destruction of data, stolen money, lost productivity, theft of intellectual property, theft of personal and financial data, embezzlement, fraud, post-attack disruption to the normal course of business, forensic investigation, restoration and deletion of hacked data and systems, and reputational harm. It does not include the cost incurred for unreported crimes. 

Other research has shown that the cost of cybercrime increases the longer it takes to detect it, if it’s detected at all. According to the Ponemon Cost of Data Breach report, the longer it takes to find and resolve a breach, the more costly it will be for an organization. Breaches identified in fewer than 100 days cost companies an average of about $1 million less than those that take more than 100 days to be discovered, according to Ponemon. And in the 2016 Dark Reading Security Salary Survey, 9% of IT and infosec pros don’t even know if they’ve been breached. A study by The Office of National Statistics for England and Wales found that most cybercrimes go unreported. 

The Cybersecurty Ventures report, which is a compilation of cybercrime statistics from the last year, also predicts that the world’s cyberattack surface will grow an order of magnitude larger between now and 2021. 

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Dr.T
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8/31/2016 | 11:42:40 AM
disruption
"... disruption to the normal course of business, ..."

I think this and the prestige are the biggest hits when it comes to downtime. If your cistimers need your support to provide service to their customers, no customer would be on your site if not up 100% of the time any more.
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8/31/2016 | 11:39:21 AM
9%?
"... and in the 2016 Dark Reading Security Salary Survey, 9% of IT and infosec pros don't even know if they've been breached. ..."

I day this 9% number is bigger. However it would be hard to get an accurate number since they actually do not know.

 
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8/31/2016 | 11:35:56 AM
Re: unless something changes, it likely will
"... simply not want to spend money due to inaccurate threat modeling ..."

I agree with this one too. Unit it hits nobody thinks it is real. There are lots of other places to invest for a quick ROI for companies' point of view, not the security.
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Dr.T,
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8/31/2016 | 11:33:14 AM
Re: unless something changes, it likely will
"... how much the $6 Trillion estimate would drop ..."

I say not much. Cybercrime is like another industry, people are running business on it.
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8/31/2016 | 11:31:01 AM
Re: unless something changes, it likely will
"... commercial interests laugh and claim nobody wants to be bothered ..." Agree. These are golden years for insurance companies
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8/31/2016 | 11:28:58 AM
Re: unless something changes, it likely will
"... product liability law; ..."

I agree with this one. We do not hold people responsible on the attacks and people were attacked accountable.
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8/31/2016 | 11:27:00 AM
Re: unless something changes, it likely will
"... rests put ease of use and convenience as top priority...":

I hear you. If no ease of use, no use, and no need to hack either. That makes but not realistic.
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8/31/2016 | 11:22:45 AM
Cybercrime
 

Cybercrime is an industry anymore. It employs tons of people.  Also other sectors benefit from it, such as insurance companies.
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8/29/2016 | 5:47:41 AM
Re: unless something changes, it likely will
Excellent information on your Article "Global Cost of Cybercrime Predicted to Hit $6 Trillion Annually By 2021" thank you for taking the time to share with us. Amazing insight you have on this, it's nice to find a website that details so much information about different artists.

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8/28/2016 | 9:10:11 PM
Re: unless something changes, it likely will
True, and I'd be curious to see how much the $6 Trillion estimate would drop if security spending increased. For instance, if spending on defensive measures increased 10%, what percentage would the projected cost of breaches drop? I have heard lots of companies simply not want to spend money due to inaccurate threat modeling or weak risk assessments, but if we get smarter about spending on defense, we might be able to control that number a little more.
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