Hacking Horror Stories and Frightening Facts to make organizations more Security Serious this Halloween


2015 has seen an unprecedented number of hacking horror stories. Yet, while cyber-crime is on the increase, security awareness is still low on people’s list of priorities. We’re hoping our campaign will address this imbalance,” explains Yvonne Eskenzi, the driving force behind Security Serious – a week of workshops and webinars all given for FREE from some of the world’s top cyber-security experts. She continues, “As our week culminates with ‘All Hallow’s Eve’, we thought we’d compile a list of shocking statistics and terrifying tales to make organizations sit up and take notice of the threats that are trick or treating at their door this October.”

Shocking Statistics:

  1. Snooping is rife!71% of people have access to company data that they should not see!Source: Varonis
  2. 64 percent of organizations are a potential target for Nation-State Cyberattacks. Source: Tripwire
  3. 93 percent of IT security experts believe the hacking landscape is going to get worse.Source: Lieberman Software
  4. 87 percent of IT security professionals believe large financial hacks are happening way more often than reported. Source: LiebermanSoftware
  5. Nearly 9 out of 10 large organisations surveyed now suffer some form of security breach and the scale and cost has nearly doubled. Source:  PWCs 2015 information security breaches survey
  6. The average time to resolve a cyber attack was more than 4 weeks (31 days to be precise.) Source: HP Enterprise security
  7. Majority of companies don’t know what happens to lost files!Three-quarters of employees claimed their organisations couldn’t tell them what happens to lost data, files or emails. Source: Varonis
  8. 95% of all attacks on enterprise networks gained entry through a spear phishing attack. A spear phishing attack is an email targeted at specific individuals that is engineered to look legitimate and fool even tech-savvy users. The email either has a malware-laced attachment or a malicious link that when opened installs malware and tries to gain system access. Source: SANS Institute
  9. More than 80 percent of people have accessed public networks from a corporate laptop at a hotel or convention centre, and more than 60 percent have done the same at an airport, coffee shop or restaurant; however, these same respondents also selected hotels – all doing so without worrying about the security implications. If they’re not secure a hacker can watch everything you’re doing. Source: Bromium