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SECURITY TRENDS BY THE NUMBERS

by Scott Berinato and Matt Perry

To understand the discouraging state of cybersecurity, first consider the stats in figure 2-1, from surveys conducted with companies around the globe in 2017. Respondents were asked about the incidence in their firms of targeted attacks—assaults with the potential to penetrate network defenses and damage or extract valuable assets (as opposed to the countless low-level nefarious activities that are more nuisance than threat). They also reported on breaches—attacks that get through.

FIGURE 2-1

Average annual number of targeted attacks and breaches per company

Source: Accenture, ...

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