2019 Privacy Statistics

The Ultimate List of Interesting Digital Privacy Stats

Digital Privacy safeguards the information of internet users, which is created while surfing the net or using the computer as a user has the right to decide about the visibility of personal data. In 2019, a whopping 4.39 billion people have access to the internet globally (Hoot Suite, 2019), and this figure is ballooning.

Online Privacy Concerns

  • 86% of internet users remove their digital footprints for minimizing their visibility online. (Pew Research, 2019)
  • 82% of the American Internet users are worried about their internet privacy. (VPN Geeks, 2019)
  • 80% of social media users worries that companies will access their personal information for commercial purpose. (VPN Geek, 2019)
  • 90% of the Americans concerns about companies’ access to personal data for commercial purpose. (VPN Geek, 2019)
  • 55% of internet users use a specific method to hide from particular business or persons. (Pew research, 2019)
  • There are 16.7 million Americans who experienced identity theft in 2017. (Javelin, 2018).
  • US $16.8 Billion are the cost of identity theft in 2017 in America. (Javelin, 2018).
  • 1 out of 10 regular internet user information have had stolen online. (Brandongailin, 2019)
  • 68% of internet users strongly believe that existing privacy laws and regulations are not sufficient to protect privacy. (Brandongailin, 2019)
  • 3 out of 4 internet users do not want to keep browser history to their search due to privacy concern. (Brandongailin, 2019)

Online Privacy Breach Incidents

  • 12 billion private data records were stolen by cybercriminals in 2018 and will reach 33 billion by 2023. (Juniper research, 2019)
  • More than half of stolen records in 2023 will happen in United States. (Juniper Research, 2019)
  • US remains the number one target for cybercriminals. 2018 accounts for 38% of the total cyber attacks. (Norton, 2018)
  • 24089 are the average number of breaches reported by the countries in 2017. (Ponemon Institute, 2017)
  • Under Armour’s “My Fitness Pal” was hacked in 2018, which resulted in data theft of more than 150 Million of its customers. (Under Armor, 2018)
  • Cybercrime is the fastest growing crime in the United States. (Cyber Crime Magazine, 2018)
  • Marriot reported second-biggest cyber attack in 2018, which affects 500 Million Accounts. (Marriot, 2018)
  • Yahoo reported that there were 3 billion accounts hacked, costing about $1 billion. (Yahoo, 2013)
  • Globally 1.9 billion websites are operating, 30% out of which are not secure. (Cyber Magazine, 2018)
  • The number of internet users will reach 6 billion by 2022 as compared to 4.3 billion in 2019. (Cybersecurity Ventures, 2018)

Online Privacy Breach Cost & Spending

  • The cost of a data breach is much higher in the US. Average data theft costs $7.91 million to American company whereas it $3.61 million globally. (IBM Data Breach Study, 2018)
  • It takes more than 6 months (196 days) to identify a data breach. (IBM Data Breach Study, 2018)
  • US government will spend 15 dollars to stop cybersecurity attacks in 2019, growth of 4% as compared to 2018. (Norton, 2019)
  • $2.4 Million is the average cost of a Malware attack for any company. (Accenture, 2018)
  • By 2021, the total cost of a cyber attack will reach $6 trillion annually. (Cybersecurity Ventures, 2018)
  • Global spending to prevent IT security is estimated to reach $114 Billion in 2018. (Gartner, 2019)
  • In 2017, there is growth in the cost of cybercrime by 27% as compared to the previous year. (Accenture, 2017)
  • The average cost of a data breach is $5.7 Million in 2018. (Security Intelligence research, 2018)
  • 92% of the malware is spread by emails. (CSO Online, 2018)
  • Government, technology, and retail are the most venerable industries for cyber attacks. (Tech republic 2017)

Online Privacy Breach Risk

  • Ransomware attacks a business every 14 seconds in 2019, which will reduce to 11 seconds by 2022. (Harjavec Group, 2019)
  • 4 out of 10 companies have thousands of files unprotected, which include health records and credit card information. (Varonis, 2018)
  • 7 out of 10 companies believes potential threads can be blocked merely by antivirus software. (Ponemon Institute’s 2017)
  • 1 out of 13 websites leads to malware. (Symantec, 2018)
  • 43% of the cyber attacks are directed towards small business. (Small Business Trends Report, 2019)
  • Only 4 out of 10 companies are prepared for cybersecurity attacks/risks. (IBM, 2019)
  • Mac computers are increasingly vulnerable to malware attacks. (Cisco, 2018)
  • 75% of Health care companies are affected by malware due to which the majority of the records are lost in health care companies. (Cision, 2019)
  • Ransom wear attacks are growing at 350% annually. (Cisco, 2019)
  • FBI list for most wanted cybercriminals list 64 people in 2019 up from 19 in 2016. (FBI, 2019)
  • Cybercrime is highly underreported as reported cybercrimes account for only 10 to 12% of total cyber crimes happed. (FBI, 2019)
  • Cybercrime hit Asian pacific companies in every 6 minutes. (Cisco, 2019)
  • Surprisingly hacking kits or tools for identity theft, malware is available online for as low as $1. (Fortune, 2017)
  • Employees training for cybersecurity awareness is the fastest-growing category for cybersecurity industry. (Gartner, 2017)
  • Cybercrime will fuel the growth of illegal cryptocurrency transaction which will reach to 70% of total cryptocurrency activities. (Cybersecurity Ventures, 2019)
  • 9 out of 10 companies feels delays in sales cycle due to privacy concern. (Cisco 2019)
  • 447 Million records are stolen in 2018 alone, growth of 126% as compared to the previous year. (Identity Theft Resource Center, 2019)
  • 6 out of 10 small businesses affected from the cyber attack are out of business in next 6 Months. (U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance, 2019)
  • 56% of the medium-size companies are reporting a breach in 2018. (Cisco, 2019)
  • Lack of resources in small business makes 55% of the industry vulnerable to the cybercrime attack. (Better Business Bureau)
  • Small & Medium Size business are at higher risk for inclined to pay ransom to cyber crimes. (Cisco, 2019)
  • In 2018, total venture capital investment in cybersecurity market reach to $5 billion growth of 20% as compared to the last year. (Strategic Cyber Venture, 2019)
  • US & Israel remains the two pioneer in cybersecurity venture funding. (Strategic Cyber Venture, 2019)