The Terrifying Facts: Cyber Security Breach Statistics

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The scale and frequency of cyber attacks on businesses today are alarming.

A look at recent statistics paints a stark picture of the cyber threat landscape companies must navigate.

In this article, we will break down the key facts and figures that expose the risks faced by businesses and highlight the importance of watertight cybersecurity protocols.

We’ll also share some advice on how to stay resilient against increasing threats.

Business Cyber Security Breach Statistics

Cyber breaches have reached epidemic proportions globally, with research revealing the prevalence of attacks affecting companies worldwide.

The latest studies paint a concerning picture of how widespread data breaches have become:


  • 32% of businesses and 24% of charities were victims of breaches or attacks in the 12 months. The figure is significantly higher for medium businesses (59%), large businesses (69%), and high-income charities (56%). (HM Government Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2023)

  • For businesses with breaches, the single most disruptive breach cost, on average, was £1,100 for any size business and £4,960 for medium/large businesses. For charities, it cost approximately £530. 

  • The average cost of a data breach for UK firms stands at £1.69 million when factoring in fines, legal costs, recovery activities, lost business, and reputation damage. The businesses hit the hardest by these costs were those in the financial services industry (£5.3 million), those in the services industry (£5.2 million), and companies in the technology sector (£4.9 million). 

  • Phishing was the root cause of 90% of cyber breaches targeting businesses, with criminals using impersonation and deception to exploit human error. 

  • 71% of attacks on businesses are financially motivated, aiming to steal funds directly, extort through ransomware, or steal financial information and IP. 

  • 66% of businesses were impacted by ransomware in 2021; this was up from 37% in 2020, highlighting the scale of this threat. 

The Percentage Of Companies Suffering Cyber Breaches

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Examining the proportions of companies impacted by different types of cyber attacks shows how commonplace they have become:


  • Ransomware is the fastest-growing danger, with attacks rising 105% in 2021. Encrypting critical data causes maximum disruption. 

  • DDoS brings down business websites and servers through overwhelming traffic, used for extortion and disruption. 

Cybersecurity Investment Trends

With threats spiraling, companies are being forced to ramp up cyber security spending:


  • The size of the Defense Cyber Security Market is anticipated to grow from $20.34 billion in 2023 to $37.17 billion by 2028. 

  • In the UK, the Cybersecurity Market size is estimated at $14.24 billion. It is thought to reach $23.37 billion by 2028. 

  • Those working in cybersecurity across the globe has reached roughly 4.7 million. Despite this, there’s still a shortage of skilled workers, by 3.4 million to be precise. 

  • Only 49% of businesses believe they have enough funds to meet their cybersecurity requirements fully. And, even more concerning, 11% can only protect their most important assets. 

The scale of cyber risks facing businesses today is starkly highlighted in these statistics.

With threats growing exponentially, companies must invest adequately in multi-layered defences, security awareness, and incident response plans to increase resilience.

Addressing vulnerabilities is more critical than ever as cyber-attacks become an inevitability.

Building Resilience Against The Cyber Epidemic

With businesses facing a relentless onslaught of cyber threats, implementing robust security measures has become essential for survival.

Organisations should utilize multi-factor authentication across systems to secure access and prevent account compromises.

Advanced endpoint detection and response tools can identify threats early before major damage is done.

Conducting regular phishing simulations and cyber security awareness training helps educate staff and reduce human error vulnerabilities.


It is also critical for companies to develop comprehensive incident response plans and test readiness through cyber drills.

Controlling access through least privilege and zero trust approaches limits the damage from breaches.

Maintaining reliable backups offline enables recovery from ransomware attacks without needing to submit to payment demands.

Vigilantly monitoring networks for signs of compromise or anomalous behavior is also key.

Managed security services provide expertise and threat intelligence to bolster defenses.

Obtaining cyber insurance can offset the costs of recovery following an attack.


With vigilance, continued investment, and adaptive security frameworks, businesses can build essential resilience against the rising tide of cyber threats.

However, neglecting to prepare amid this epidemic risks severe financial, operational, and reputational consequences.


Further reading: The Benefits Of Outsourcing Your Business Cyber Security

Our Final Word

The impact of cyber attacks on businesses shows no signs of abating, given current statistical trends.

Companies must prioritise building cyber resilience and preparedness to survive in this high-risk landscape.

 If you’re concerned about how robust your cyber security is, reach out to us for advice and find out how we can help protect your business.

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