A new report by Juniper Research (www.juniperresearh.com) has found that criminal data breaches will cost businesses a total of $8 trillion over the next five years, due to higher levels of Internet connectivity and inadequate enterprise wide security.
The research group forecasts that the number of personal data records stolen by cybercriminals will reach 2.8 billion in 2017, almost doubling to five billion in 2020, despite new and innovative cybersecurity solutions emerging. Juniper found that SMEs (small and medium enterprises) are particularly at risk from cyberattacks, spending less than $4,000 on cybersecurity measures this year. Only marginal increases in security spend are expected over the next five years. These firms also tend to run older software, which WannaCry and other recent cyberattacks have exploited.
Juniper’s research highlights a need for companies to put more money into cybersecurity and system upkeep, which should be treated as a vital element of workplace safety.
“The attacks on hospital infrastructure show that inadequate cybersecurity can now cost lives as well as money,” remarked research author James Moar. “Businesses of all sizes need to find the time and budget to upgrade and secure their systems, or lose the ability to perform their jobs safely, or at all.”
Juniper’s threat analysis shows that ransomware is becoming a far more advanced form of malware, as ransoming stored data and devices becomes easier and more valuable than stealing financial details. Juniper expects ransomware to rapidly develop into simple-to-use toolkits, the same way banking Trojans developed into “products” that required little or no programming knowledge to use.