Cyber Crime & Security

As internet usage continues to increase, so does the amount of personal information and data that is made available online. This could be out of choice, for example, somebody providing personal details to a social network in order to use their service - or it could be unwillingly, as a victim of a cybercrime attack or data breach. With the development of various AI tools, cyber crime is currently transforming. Therefore, the risks to individuals, companies, organizations, and governments have never been greater.

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Most common types of cyber attacks

Percentage of organizations worldwide that experienced cyber attacks from 2021 to 2022, by attack type

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Cybercrime can take many forms. Identity fraud, data theft, ransomware attacks, copyright infringement, and phishing campaigns are just some examples. In 2022, the most common type of cyber attacks that organizations worldwide experienced was bulk phishing. SMS phishing or smishing and ransomware were quite common too. Among other frequently occurred attacks were business e-mail compromise (BEC), social media attacks, and spear phishing.

U.S. companies and cyber crime
Cyber insurance
Ransomware attacks

Market segments

The average cost of a data breach

Average cost of a data breach worldwide from May 2020 to March 2023, by industry (in million U.S. dollars)

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The primary motivation for cyber criminals to organize cyberattacks is financial gain. Organizations worldwide don't only pay to get the lost data back; they also suffer downtime and disruption in operations caused by cybercrime. The average cost of a data breach worldwide is around 4.35 million U.S. dollars, but financial repercussions differ greatly depending on the region, organization size, and industry. The average cost of a data breach in the healthcare sector is 10.1 million dollars.

Industry trends

Digital privacy is a priority

Steps taken by global internet users to protect their personal information online as of January 2023

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While governments around the world take steps toward personal data protection, users are now more interested in minimizing the risks in the online environment. As of 2022, seven in ten internet users stated having taken steps to protect their identity online. At the same time, some users are willing to accept risks for more convenient internet usage. Nearly 70 percent of global respondents said they felt vulnerable to identity theft now more than they did years ago.

Share of internet users who accept online privacy risks for convenience
Share of internet users who feel now more vulnerable to online identity theft

Industry leaders

The GDPR in Europe

Highest fines issued for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) violations as of January 2024 (in million euros)

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The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was introduced in the EU in 2018 in an attempt to better regulate the handling of data and personal information by companies and organizations and to provide greater protection for the rights and privacy of citizens. Since the regulations were introduced, there have been a number of large fines issued for violations and non-compliance; the highest so far was a 746 million euro fine received by Amazon Europe in July 2021.

The GDPR and data protection in Europe: two years later
GDPR fines amount by type of violation
Penalties issued to digital companies for EU GDPR violations

State of the industry

  • The impact of cybercrime on companies in the United States
  • U.S. government and cyber crime
  • Cyber crime in India
  • Cyber crime in Japan
  • Cyber crime in Latin America
  • Cyber insurance
  • Healthcare and cybercrime in the United States
  • Online privacy in the United States
  • Online privacy in the United Kingdom (UK)
  • Ransomware
  • Cyber crime and the financial industry in the United States

Industry Definition

Statista offers comprehensive data on the ever-evolving issue of cyber crime. In this section, users can find information on the most common types of cyber attacks, the biggest online data breaches, and the regions and industries most targeted by cyber intrusions worldwide.

The database contains statistics on the number of cyber incidents and compromised data records as well as a breakdown of the costs associated with cyber crime and cyber security among companies. These financial figures are further complemented with survey data and other relevant insights into the forms and frequency of cyber bullying among internet users.

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