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Cybersecurity Ventures Report on Cybercrime

Although security leaders are facing growing pressures to keep their organizations ahead of disruption, they are also grappling with significant challenges – the constant expansion of the cyber threat landscape, the cost of data breaches being at an all-time high, and cybersecurity expertise becoming even harder to find. While it’s clear that there’s no end to cyber risk, it is possible for your organization to actively improve cyber resilience by adopting proactive security measures like 24/7 threat detection, investigation, and response capabilities.

This article highlights some of the key takeaways from the 2023 Cybersecurity Ventures Cybercrime Report and discusses how organizations can defend against modern cyber threats by adopting a risk-based approach.

What is Cybersecurity Ventures?

Cybersecurity Ventures is a prominent industry research and media organization recognized for its authoritative insights and contributions to cybersecurity. Cybersecurity Ventures conducts comprehensive research on global cyber threats, emerging trends, and market dynamics, providing valuable data-driven analyses.

Through its reports, publications, and industry forecasts, Cybersecurity Ventures equips security professionals and business leaders with essential knowledge to address evolving cyber risks. Cybercrime Magazine publishes Cybersecurity Venture's annual and quarterly reports covering global cybercrime, cybersecurity market forecasts and spending predictions, cybersecurity companies, venture funding, mergers and acquisitions, employment data, and more.

Is Cybersecurity Ventures Reliable?

Cybersecurity Ventures provides some of the most cited and trusted research in the infosec industry. All Cybersecurity Ventures reports are based on their ground-up research and writing. When necessary, they synthesize and repurpose research from credible sources, such as analysts, researchers, vendors, industry experts, and other media publishers.

What is the Cybersecurity Ventures Cybercrime Report?

The Cybersecurity Ventures Cybercrime Report is a comprehensive resource that provides detailed insights and analysis into the ever-evolving threat landscape, the global cybercrime trends, and their impact on businesses and organizations across various sectors.

From ransomware attacks and data breaches to insider threats and phishing scams, the Cybersecurity Ventures Cybercrime Report covers various topics to help security leaders understand the evolving nature of cyber threats and make informed decisions when investing in security solutions.

In addition, the Cybersecurity Ventures Cybercrime Report aims to shift the executive-level conversation about cyber risk. The publication recognizes that there is no end to cyber risk and continuously emphasizes the need to prioritize cyber resilience and build a strong security posture that allows businesses to anticipate, withstand, and recover from cyberattacks.

Highlights from the Official Cybercrime Report 2023

Cybercrime Growth

The 2023 Cybersecurity Ventures Cybercrime Report predicts a rapid increase in damage costs associated with cybercrime. By 2025, cybercrime is projected to cost $10.5 trillion in damages – a substantial leap from the $3 trillion recorded in 2015. These damages represent the cost of data breaches, stolen funds, intellectual property theft, operational disruption, and post-attack recovery.

A breakdown of global cybercrime damage costs predicted by Cybersecurity Ventures in 2023

    A breakdown of global cybercrime damage costs predicted by Cybersecurity Ventures cybercrime report in 2023.

    Cybersecurity Ventures attributes this growth to several factors, including increased nation-state-sponsored and organized crime activities, the rapid expansion of the attack surface, and a deepening reliance on digital infrastructure across industries. The report emphasizes the importance of implementing a risk-based approach to avoid business disruption.

    Ransomware Attacks on the Rise

    One of the key highlights in the 2023 Cybersecurity Ventures Cybercrime Report is the increase in the volume and sophistication of ransomware attacks. The annual cost of ransomware attacks is projected to rise, reaching $265 billion by 2031. The rise of ransomware is attributed to the continuous evolution of ransomware tactics, the proliferation of nation-state ransomware gangs, and the continuous refinement of extortion strategies.

    A chart showing the growth in the costs associated with ransomware attacks based on Cybersecurity Ventures 2023 official cybercrime report.

    In recent years, national cybersecurity authorities reclassified ransomware as a top security threat that requires a comprehensive approach to combat. The destructive potential of ransomware is also recognized at the board level of most organizations – according to the 2023 Cybersecurity Ventures Cybercrime Report, cybersecurity and business leaders regard ransomware as one of their top cybersecurity concerns. The persistence of ransomware attacks underscores the critical need for robust cybersecurity measures and a strategic shift towards risk-based approaches.

    “Ransomware is continually evolving, and it’s really hard to keep track of all the different strains. While each ransomware variant has different ways of spreading, all ransomware variants rely on similar social engineering tactics to deceive users and hold their data hostage”
    - John Moretti, Principal Solutions Architect at eSentire

    Critical Infrastructure Industries Face High Cyber Risk Exposure

    Cyber threats impact organizations across all industries. Critical infrastructure organizations face an increased risk of disruption from sophisticated cyber threats, from state-backed ransomware groups to supply chain vulnerabilities and new threats stemming from the ongoing geopolitical tensions. However, the expanding threat landscape impacts private-sector organizations. According to Verizon’s 2023 Data Breach Report, the majority of attacks targeted public administrators as well as organizations in the IT sector, finance, manufacturing, and professional services.

    A bar chart from Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report showing the top 10 industries impacted by data breaches.

    Ongoing geopolitical tensions are one of the primary drivers behind the increased focus of business leaders on building an effective cyber risk management strategy. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2023 Global Security Outlook report cited by Cybersecurity Ventures, 74 percent of organizations revealed that global geopolitical instability influenced their cyber strategy.

    “For many companies, the threat in cyberspace is still higher than ever. The conflict in Ukraine and wider geopolitical tensions are reshaping the cyber risk landscape, heightening the risk of a large-scale cyberattack.”
    - Scott Sayce, Global Head of Cyber at AGCS & Group Head of the Cyber Center of Competence

    To ensure business continuity and avoid reputational damage from sophisticated cyber threats, organizations need to be able to anticipate, withstand and recover from cyber threats. By shifting their mindset from reactive to proactive cybersecurity, investing in 24/7 threat hunting, detection, and response capabilities, and continuous protection of networks and proprietary supply chain data, organizations can build a resilient security operation and minimize disruption.

    Cybersecurity Talent Shortage

    According to the Cybersecurity Ventures report, the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide grew 350 percent between 2013 and 2021, from 1 million to 3.5 million. More than 750,000 cybersecurity professionals are needed in the United States alone, creating a substantial supply-demand imbalance.

    As threats continue to grow in sophistication, an increasing number of cybersecurity jobs require industry certifications, like the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). However, not all job seekers can demonstrate the necessary certifications. As a result, many businesses are struggling to find qualified candidates.

    A graphic featured in the Cybersecurity Ventures Report showing the number of unfilled cybersecurity positions

    The cybersecurity talent shortage is a global problem, affecting businesses of all sizes and industries. This talent crunch extends beyond recruitment challenges, with retention proving to be equally demanding, as cybersecurity professionals struggle with burnout and frequently change roles in the highly competitive job market.

    This talent crunch can be daunting for security leaders struggling with retaining their staff amidst decreasing budgets and growing responsibilities. Organizations looking to access top cybersecurity talent without investing in recruitment, training, and salaries of in-house security teams may choose to outsource MDR capabilities to an external provider, who will conduct 24/7 threat detection, investigation and response, acting as an extension of your team.

    Top 10 Cybersecurity Predictions and Statistics According to Cybersecurity Ventures

    As cyber threats continue to rise, security leaders are tasked with taking on more responsibility to protect their organizations. The Cybersecurity Ventures Cybercrime Report shows that businesses face an increased risk of cyberattacks resulting in downtime and revenue disruption, loss of reputation and customer trust, legal fines, and more.

    Here are the top 10 cybersecurity predictions and statistics that help put the growth of cybercrime into perspective and emphasize the importance of building cyber resilience:

    1. Global cybercrime damage is predicted to hit $10.5 trillion annually by 2025
    2. Global cybersecurity spending will exceed $1.75 trillion
    3. There are 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs in 2023
    4. Global ransomware damage costs are predicted to exceed $265 billion by 2031
    5. The world will need to protect 200 zettabytes of data by 2025
    6. The cyber insurance market is predicted to hit $14.8 billion annually by 2025
    7. Cryptocrime is predicted to cost the world $30 Billion annually by 2025
    8. Geopolitical instability influences the cyber strategy of 74% of organizations
    9. Women are predicted to hold 30% of cybersecurity positions globally by 2025
    10. 90% of the human population, aged 6 Years and older, will be online by 2030

    Download the Cybersecurity Ventures Cybercrime report to learn more about how cybercrime is expected to evolve and why your organization should adopt a risk-based approach to your cybersecurity strategy for more proactive defense against modern cyber threats.

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