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Information security and cyber crime in Russia - statistics & facts

The information security market in Russia and worldwide is facilitated by online population growth, as well as increased vulnerability to cyber threats, both for individuals and companies. Illegal access or digital data manipulation methods include data leaks, malware, and phishing, among others. Security software is used to protect a device or a network against such crimes. Occupying nearly one third of Russia's system infrastructure market, security software revenue is forecast to exceed 407 million U.S. dollars by 2025.

What is the state of cyber crime in Russia?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and more frequent use of digital devices led to an increase in online fraud and voice phishing cases in Russia. The number of data leaks grew more than tenfold over the past decade, with most of them involving loss of personal information, such as names, emails, addresses, individual insurance account numbers, etc. In total as of 2020, nearly nine percent of personal computers were infected with malware across the country. Information security incidents in companies were primarily external. The majority of them employed obfuscation of information and files as well as scripting to bypass security tools. Besides data breaches, cyber bullying challenged the safety of internet users, with teenagers considered to be most often targeted by aggressors.

How do Russian companies tackle cyber threats?

The issue of information security is highly important to businesses, as data leaks can threaten their existence and result in significant monetary losses. Encryption and cyber security technology were employed by roughly three quarters of companies in Russia in 2020, while the most commonly used solutions were digital signatures and antivirus software. Furthermore, businesses allocated personnel specializing in dealing with data breaches and developing strategies to prevent attacks. More than one quarter of Russian companies planned to increase their cyber security budget by 6 to 10 percent in 2021.

Russia's information security software market leaders

Russia headquarters Kaspersky Lab, whose antivirus and endpoint security as well as other services are marketed worldwide. In 2019, Kaspersky Lab's global revenue exceeded 44.3 billion Russian rubles. The second highest earning enterprise is the Citadel company group, which is the country's largest producer of lawful interception systems. It is followed by Softline, the Moscow-founded provider operating in Eastern Europe, the Americas, and Asia, which offers a wide range of IT services, including cybersecurity solutions.

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