The Trillion Dollar Industry of Cyber Attacks

As IBM CEO Ginni Rometty once said, data is the “world’s new natural resource,” and the transformative element for every job we try to do as humans.
Those are powerful words from a smart person, but the flipside of that sentiment is the real eye-opener. If data is the resource, she said, “Cyber crime is the greatest threat to every company in the world.”
While the sounds like something out of a science fiction book, it’s not actually far off from what a lot of people fear, and what is actually happening.
Companies are moving data out of filing cabinets and onto the cloud. Commerce takes place almost exclusively online. If the search goes deep enough, entire lives can be uprooted from what is available on the internet. Cybercriminals know this, and are taking advantage in more and more frightening ways.
This infographic exposes some of the most troubling statistics on cybercrime, and its impact on individuals and businesses, both large and small. These numbers should be most alarming for small businesses, who are more susceptible to phishing attacks, and significantly more likely to close forever following a breach.
The numbers are accurate, not exaggerated figures meant to excite or mislead. These are real things that happen every day.
The design is meant to augment those figures. The data is recorded mostly in dollars and cents because that’s what people most closely relate to when it comes to cyber crime. Parts of the data are animated to draw attention to certain pieces of information as you scroll the page. The backdrop is black to emphasize the numbers and figures and not to distract with needless design.
Ultimately, the purpose of this infographic is to shed light on some of the surprising statistics surrounding cybercrime, and by association, it encourages people to get extra protection for their data.
Trillion Dollar Industry of Cyber Attacks
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