According to a recent Cybernomics 101 report from Barracuda Networks, businesses can face an annual cost of up to $5 million to recover from cyber attacks. The report, based on a survey of nearly 2000 IT security practitioners across the Asia Pacific (APAC), the United States, and the European, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions, sheds light on the economic impact of cybercrime on enterprises.
The research found that companies with 100 to 5,000 employees could incur an average annual cost of $5.34 million to address the damage caused by successful cyber attacks like ransomware and phishing. This figure includes not only the cost of repairing or replacing compromised IT assets but also the financial impact of operational disruptions triggered by such incidents.
Furthermore, the report highlights the potential for cybercriminals to utilize generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) technology to increase the frequency and sophistication of their attacks. Half of the surveyed security professionals expressed concerns that AI-powered attacks could become more prevalent, and only 39% felt confident in their existing security systems’ ability to effectively combat them.
Ransomware, in particular, continues to be a significant threat, with 71% of respondents reporting experiencing a ransomware attack in the previous year. Additionally, 61% admitted to paying the ransom, with an average ransom amount of $1.38 million.
Despite these challenges, the report also identifies successful security tactics employed by ‘High Performers,’ including adopting a holistic platform approach to security, implementing prioritized access rights, and drafting and rehearsing a security incident response plan.
Fleming Shi, CTO at Barracuda, emphasized the importance of proactive monitoring and attack detection to prevent the escalation of cyber attacks to more severe stages like data exfiltration or ransomware. By preparing for such scenarios today, organizations can significantly reduce the impact and cost of these incidents.
Mark Lukie, Director of Solution Architects at Barracuda APAC, underscored the need for cyber-resilience in the face of increasing cyber threats. As technology continues to advance and cybercriminals potentially harness the power of GenAI to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their attacks, Lukie stressed the need for businesses to be proactive in addressing these challenges.
The report’s insights and best practices offer businesses the opportunity to minimize the impact of cyber attacks and stay ahead of evolving threats. By implementing the recommended security measures, organizations can better protect themselves against the growing economic impact of cybercrime.