Philippines and the world: Cybersecurity in numbers
MANILA, Philippines – The importance of, and threats against, cybersecurity became an important issue overnight in the country due to the recent Commission on Elections data breach that resulted in personal information of about 55 million voters being leaked.
To Filipinos, defacement of websites to push a message of protest has perhaps been the most common cybersecurity threat. But other types of cyberattacks have been attempted not just in the country, but globally for years now. (READ: The state of cybersecurity in the Philippines)
For example, did you know that there were 781 recorded data breach incidents in 2015 alone? In the Philippines, meanwhile, most of the complaints received by authorities are related to online scams.
What other important facts about cybersecurity around the world and in the Philippines should you know? Rappler breaks them down in numbers.
|1.5 million||Average global number of cyberattacks annually|
|4,000||Average global number of cyberattacks per day|
|70%||Percentage of cyberattacks that were undetected|
|$400-500 billion||Estimated global cost of cyberattacks annually|
|$2.1 trillion||Projected global cost of cyberattacks in 2019|
|$3.8 million||Estimated cost of global data breach annually|
|$1-$3||Cost per stolen record on the black market|
|781||Data breach incidents in 2015|
|312||Data breach incidents in the business sector|
|277||Data breach incidents in the healthcare sector|
|2.5 billion||Exposed data due to data breach in the past 5 years|
|84 million||New malware samples created in 2015|
|1,211||Reported cybercrime incidents from 2013-2015|
|366||Online scam complaints|
|240||Online libel complaints|
|129||Online threat complaints|
|127||Anti-photo and voyeurism complaints|
|33rd out of 233||Rank in Kapersky's list of countries most prone to cyberattacks|
|30%||Percentage of Filipino clients of security firm FireEye that are targeted by advanced persistent threat groups|
|17%||Filipino users' systems infected with malicious program or software used by cybercriminals|
|17||Average number of ransomware attacks per day|
|84||Filipino Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSPs)|
|44||Filipino CISSPs working in the Philippines|
The latest cyberattack against the poll body highlighted the state of cybersecurity in the country. Despite laws that seem to keep the threats posed by cybercriminals under check, these efforts focus mainly on the aftermath of attacks.
Budget constraints prevent the full implementation of these laws and also make it difficult for government agencies to secure their systems firmly enough against hackers.
This may change, however, in the next few years as the formulation and implementation of the goverment's cybersecurity plan and enhancement of the cybercrime-solving capabilities of Philippine authorities have been identified as priorities in a recent memorandum released by the Department of Budget and Management. – Rappler.com
Sources: IBM's Cost of Data Breach Report, Identity Theft Resource Center, Panda Security, 2014-2015 Cybercrime Report of the Department of Justice’s Office of Cybercrime
Read more about the Comelec breach and how you can protect yourself:
- White, black, gray hat hackers: What's the diff?
- Experts fear identity theft, scams due to Comelec leak
- Comelec data leak puts Filipino voters 'at risk' – Trend Micro
- Is Comelec liable for website data leak?
- After Comelec data leak, what to do to protect yourself?
- Advice from banks: How to prevent identity theft
- The state of cybersecurity in the Philippines