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A record 2 million phishing sites reported in 2020, highest in a decade
The year 2020 was a rollercoaster ride. With people shifting to remote work due to the pandemic, cybercriminals saw this as an opportunity and became more active than ever.
Blockchain hackers stole $3.8 billion in 122 attacks throughout 2020
The year 2020 was challenging for cybersecurity and the world in general. The global pandemic did not only threaten our physical health but also gave way to a new wave of cyberattacks endangering our digital lives.
App Development Security is the most wanted cybersecurity skill in 2021
According to the data presented by the Atlas VPN team, the fastest-growing cybersecurity skill in 2021 is Application Development Security. The demand for this competence is determined to rise by 164% in five years.
1 in 5 employees fall for phishing emails even after a security training
According to the data presented by the Atlas VPN team, one-fifth (19.8%) of employees fell for phishing emails even if they have gone through security awareness training.
Global cybersecurity industry faces a workforce gap of 3.12 million in 2020
More than half of the world's population is connected to the internet. Countless new companies pop up every day that use the power of the web to sell their goods and services. In response, cybercrime is also at an all-time high, bringing the need for cybersecurity professionals. Unfortunately, the supply of skilled workers did not keep up with the demand.
Data leaks surge by 1,453% in 5 years to a record 36 billion cases in 2020 alone
With a global pandemic, devastating wildfires, racial tension, and political divide, it is not surprising that 2020 was named the most challenging year in the past decades. The year has been grim for data privacy as well, with leaked personal data records reaching numbers the world has never seen before.
65% of businesses faced one or more insider cyberattacks in the last 12 months
Most cybersecurity landscape data is focused on outsider attacks; however, recent findings reveal that insider threats are becoming more common. Attacks originating from within the company are much more elusive since standard security practices do not work.
Average ransom payout jumped 178% in a year
Ransomware is a type of malicious attack where a criminal encrypts, typically, sensitive files, then threatens to publish them unless a demanded ransom is paid. These attacks reached record-highs in 2020 as employees shifted to remote work, in turn creating more attack vectors for hackers.
One in ten businesses sell your personal data to third parties
Customer personal data is a valuable commodity to businesses, which they use to improve and market their products. However, some companies profit from selling your data to other businesses. According to data presented by the Atlas VPN team, one in ten businesses globally sell customer data to third parties.