2022 Cybersecurity Stats

2022 Cybersecurity Stats You Need to Know: Cybersecurity Trends

This was so much fun on April Fool’s Day last year we’re doing it again!  Here’s the catch – all these 2022 cybersecurity stats are real stats except for one.  Can you figure out the one stat where I’m just “fooling”?  Answer at the bottom! No cheating and no giving it away to others!

Here are the 2022 cybersecurity stats (or close to it):

  1. Cyberattacks were up 50% in 2021 in comparison to 2020, peaking in December, largely due to Log4j exploitations.
  2. In 2021, organizations experienced an average cost of a data breach of $4.24 million, rising from $3.86 million the previous year.
  3. A 2020 Accenture survey said that 69% of respondents found the increasing costs of keeping up with cybercrime unsustainable.
  4. In 2020, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) experienced a 69% increase in the volume of cybercrime complaints received since 2019 for a total of 791,790.
  5. Verizon reports that 36% of all data breaches experienced by companies of 1,000 employees or more were caused by malicious employees.
  6. In 2021, the average demand made by ransomware attackers was $131,000, and the average cost to recover from a ransomware attack was $1.27 million.
  7. It takes an average of 287 days for security teams to identify and contain a data breach.
  8. There were 315,747 phishing attacks in November 2021, the most ever reported.
  9. 43% of cyberattacks are aimed at small businesses, but only 14% are prepared to defend themselves.
  10. 37% of all organizations were hit by ransomware in 2020.
  11. Over 450,000 new cases of malware are discovered every day.
  12. Out of all ransomware victims, 32% pay the ransom, but they only get 65% of their data back.
  13. Only 57% of businesses are successful in recovering their data using a backup after a ransomware attack.
  14. Over 84% of all cyberattacks were distributed via e-mail in 2021
  15. Human error accounts for 95% of security breaches experienced today.

So, what do you think?  Do any of these 2022 cybersecurity stats surprise you?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.


Which stat is the fake one?







It’s #8!  It’s 316,747 phishing attacks and it’s for December 2021!  I covered that stat last month!

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