2023 Cybersecurity Statistics

2023 Cybersecurity Statistics You Need to Know: Cybersecurity Trends

Tomorrow is April Fools Day and here are 2023 cybersecurity statistics you need to know! Here’s the catch – all of them are real stats except for one!

These 2023 cybersecurity statistics reflect a combination of projected stats for this year and the future, as well as past stats from 2022 (and possibly earlier). For the third year in a row, I’m testing your knowledge. Can you figure out the one stat where I’m just “fooling”?  Answer at the bottom!

I’ve provided links to the stat sources so you could technically “cheat” and figure out the fake stat, but you’re better than that, right? Guess first, then check out the sources.


Here are the 2023 cybersecurity statistics you need to know:

  1. Global cybercrime damage is predicted to hit $10.5 trillion annually by 2025.
  2. There was a record number of mobile phishing attacks in 2022, with half of the mobile phone owners worldwide exposed to a phishing attack every quarter.
  3. Phishing attacks increased by 61% in 2022.
  4. Global spending on cybersecurity products and services will exceed $1.75 trillion cumulatively for the five-year period from 2021 to 2025.
  5. At least one open source vulnerability was found in 84% of code bases in 2022.
  6. The average cost of a data breach in the United States is $9.44M, which is over $5M more than the global average total cost of a data breach.
  7. In 2022, 76% of organizations were targeted by a ransomware attack, out of which 64% were actually infected.
  8. Global ransomware damage costs are predicted to exceed $265 billion by 2031.
  9. The cyber insurance market will grow from approximately $8.5 billion in 2021 to $14.8 billion in 2025 and exceed $34 billion by 2031.
  10. Deepfake attacks shot up 13%, with 66% of respondents now saying they witnessed them in the past 12 months.
  11. There will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally in 2023.
  12. It takes an average of 287 days for security teams to identify and contain a data breach.
  13. Ethical hackers were able to discover over 65,000 vulnerabilities in 2022.
  14. 2022 saw a 230% increase in cryptojacking malware, with 215,843 infections on various devices.
  15. The world will need to cyber protect 200 zettabytes of data by 2025.

So, what do you think?  Do any of these 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 #12!  The stat was correct – last year. For the 2022 Cost of a Data Breach report from IBM, the number dropped from 287 days to 277 days. That means that a data breach on January 1st wouldn’t be identified and contained until October 5th – on average. Hey, that’s better than October 15th! Progress! 😉

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