Criminal data breaches will cost businesses a total of $8 trillion over the next five years thanks to a combination of higher levels of internet connectivity and inadequate enterprise-wide security, says Juniper Research.
A new Juniper report – The Future of Cybercrime & Security: Enterprise Threats & Mitigation 2017-2022 – forecasts that the number of personal data records stolen by cybercriminals will reach 2.8 billion in 2017, almost doubling to 5 billion in 2020, despite new and innovative cybersecurity solutions emerging. It highlights cybersecurity problems becoming particularly acute when businesses integrate new and old systems without regard to overall network security.
Juniper found that SMEs are particularly at risk from cyber attacks, 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.
Speaking of WannaCry, Juniper said its threat analysis confirms 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.
The research highlights a need for companies to put more money into cyber security and system upkeep, which should be treated as a vital element of workplace safety, said research author James Moar.
“Attacks on hospital infrastructure show that inadequate cyber security 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.”