Surprising Cyber Security Facts


Billions of dollars are spent each year to protect our networks against exponentially growing cyber attacks, but we are losing the battle. As the highly publicized hacks of Sony, Target, and even the DNC have demonstrated, the current approach to this growing problem is not working.

Cyber security expert Marc Goodman is on a mission to help organizations protect their networks against cyber attacks. A compelling and dynamic speaker, Goodman explains to industry leaders, corporate audiences, and global policy makers that cyber security isn’t a department; it’s an attitude. Cyber crime is not simply a technological problem, but a human one and the creation of “human firewalls” is a vital step in reducing our global cyber risk.

Marc Goodman has put together a list of facts and figures on cyber security for any company working to protect their business from cyber threats.


1. Cyber crime will cost the economy $2 trillion by the year 2019. (Juniper Research)

2. 95% of all security incidents involve human error. (IBM)

3. Global spending on IT security will top $100 billion a year by 2017. (Gartner)

4. Despite these massive expenditures, Fortune 500 company system administrators discover data breaches in their networks by themselves only 6% of the time—the overwhelming number of these breaches is discovered by third parties such as law enforcement, customers or vendors. (Verizon)

5. After infiltrating a network, hackers remain in the system undetected for an average of 211 days before corporate victims detect their presence. (Verizon)

6. Small steps can make a big difference…simple cyber hygiene can reduce risk by 85%.

7. Cyber security is not a department, it’s an attitude!

Marc Goodman is a global security advisor, futurist, and author of the New York Times bestselling book and Amazon Best Business Book of 2015, Future Crimes. He has worked with INTERPOL, the FBI, NATO, and is now the Global Security Advisor and Chair for Policy and Law at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University.

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Marc Goodman

Global security advisor, futurist, and New York Times bestselling author of Future Crimes

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