Extract from Doug Austin’s article “Learning from Cybersecurity Stats: What’s the Best Way to Limit Your Data Exposure?”
Earlier this month, I presented a webinar for ACEDS titled Ten Recent Cybersecurity and Data Breach Trends You Need to Know with Debbie Reynolds, who is known as the “Data Diva”. It was a fun and informative webinar where we introduced 10 eye-popping statistics related to cybersecurity and data breaches and then discussed how individuals and organizations can avoid becoming a statistic themselves.
One of the 10 statistics we presented stands apart from the rest as perhaps the most important cybersecurity statistic I’ve seen in a long time – because it reflects just how long it takes us to realize when we’ve actually been hacked.
The Most Important Cybersecurity Statistic
According to IBM’s Cost of a Data Breach Report for 2020 (available for download here), the average time to identify and contain a data breach is 280 days.