Data Breach Certainty: Survey Finds 90% of Companies Have Been Hacked in Past 12 Months


Is a data breach from hackers almost a statistical certainty these days?

It sure feels that way, especially after checking out the stats from a recent Ponemon Research survey.

They quizzed 357 information-technology and security executives in the United States, with 51% of respondents employed by organizations with more than 5,000 employees.

Here are some of the more interesting tidbits from the eye-opening study:

  • Nearly 90% of respondents said their organizations’ computers had been breached at least once by hackers over the past twelve months.
  • Nearly 60% reported two or more breaches over the past year.
  • More than 50% said they had little confidence of being able to stave off further attacks over the next twelve months.
  • The financial impact of a security breach can be severe. According to 41% of respondents, the financial impact of these breaches was $500,000 or more.
  • Most attacks occurred remotely, further bolstering the need for security measures like a VPN. The top two endpoints from which these breaches occurred are employees’ laptop computers (34%) and employees’ mobile devices (29%).
  • Insufficient budgets are an issue for many organizations, with 52% claiming just 10% or less of their IT budget is dedicated to security alone.
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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.