October 1, 2018  |  Purdue University Global  |  Updated June 11, 2022

More than half of the world's population (4.66 billion people) are online, according to DataReportal. As more businesses and people rely on the internet, cyberthreats increase. In 2020, there were 49 million victims of identity fraud, according to Javelin’s 2021 Identity Fraud study, as reported by CNBC.

Data compromise incidents seem to be climbing continually, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. The center attributes the rise to a series of unsecured cloud databases, instead of the typical data breaches.

Tech giants like Apple and Microsoft have been promising to tighten internet security. Google recently followed through by purchasing an Israeli cybersecurity startup for $500 million, according to TheStreet.

Here are some interesting cybersecurity stats, quotes, information about cybersecurity careers and how to become a cybersecurity professional.

Cybersecurity Stats

Cyberattacks are one of the biggest threats businesses and individuals face today. Consider these cybersecurity crime statistics:

  • Breaches are expected to have hit a new high in 2021, surpassing the record 1,529 in 2017, according to cybersecurity trends (Identity Theft Resource Center).
  • By the third quarter of 2021, the number of data compromises due to all causes surpassed the total for all of 2020 (Identity Theft Resource Center).
  • In 2021 Q3, 160 million people were victims of data compromises, more than the total of Q1 and Q2, combined, which was 121 million (Identity Theft Resource Center).
  • The average cost of a data breach has now reached $4.24 million (IBM).
  • In 2021, insurance company CNA Financial paid a record $40 million to resolve a ransomware attack (Bloomberg).

Now that you've learned about the prevalence of cybersecurity threats, here's some expert insight about how to combat them.

Insights from Cybersecurity Leaders

Here's a look at some wisdom passed down from leaders in the cybersecurity field:

“Cyber crime, by definition, is the greatest threat to every profession, every industry, every company in the world.”
Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO of IBM

“As cybersecurity leaders, we have to create our message of influence because security is a culture, and you need the business to take place and be a part of that security culture.”
Britney Hommertzheim, Director of Information Security at AMC Theatres

“Corporate America should get ready. Cybersecurity regulations [like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union] will soon be coming to the United States—and that's actually a good thing...I firmly believe that the U.S. will pass similar regulations over the next two years.” 
Robert Herjavec, Founder and CEO of Herjavec Group and Star of “Shark Tank”

“Too much emphasis and investment are focused on protecting the endpoints and connected devices on the network with the goal of preventing all breaches. It is time to acknowledge that even the most experienced security team cannot possibly keep all cybercriminals out—and insider threats will always be a challenge. Instead, there must be a shift toward active defense. This mindset will give the victims of hackers a pathway towards preventing more damage. The question should not be: 'How can I make sure our systems are never penetrated?' Instead, the questions to ask are: 'When a hacker penetrates the network, what will he be able to access? How can we make sure the hacker can't open, share, print or download any sensitive files?'” 
Dr. Salvatore Stolfo, Chief Technology Officer at Allure Security

“What we should actually be doing is thinking about what are our key controls that will mitigate the risks? How do we have those funneled and controlled through the team that we have? How do we work through that in a well-formatted, well-formulated process and pay attention to those controls we have chosen? Not a continual add more, add more, add more.”
Dr. Chris Pierson, CEO of Binary Sun Cyber Risk Advisors

Cybersecurity experts agree that working to strengthen the entire cybersecurity ecosystem, including through regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), can help protect more businesses and individuals who are likely to be exposed to threats.

If you’re interested in combating cyberthreats, read on to learn how to grow a career in cybersecurity.

Careers in Cybersecurity

With cybersecurity threats on the rise, there's expected to be a growing need for information security analysts. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the opportunities for information security analysts to climb by 33% from 2020 to 2030. More than 47,100 information security analyst jobs are expected to be added in the U.S. during this time.*

As of September 2021, Cyberseek reported there were almost 600,000 cybersecurity job openings throughout the U.S. Cybersecurity analysts perform a variety of duties across diverse industries. If a business cares about its cybersecurity, it will employ a cybersecurity analyst in some form. Typical duties include:

  • Monitor networks for breaches and conduct investigations for cyberattacks.
  • Recommend security enhancements.
  • Develop security best practices for a business or organization.
  • Conduct testing to identify vulnerabilities.

Considering the cost of data breaches, the role of a cybersecurity analyst is highly valuable to an organization.

Earning a Cybersecurity Degree

If you're interested in becoming a cybersecurity professional or advancing your career, consider furthering your education to learn the latest cybersecurity trends and technologies.

At Purdue Global, we offer a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in cybersecurity. The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in cybersecurity. In addition to learning technical skills, students cultivate soft skills that are valuable for collaborative business settings, like teamwork, leadership, and personal presentation.

For those who already have experience in the information technology field, our Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management program focuses on the knowledge and skills related to leadership roles. Students in this program:

  • Review recent cybersecurity literature and industry publications to evaluate cybersecurity theories and best practices.
  • Research cybersecurity topics and analyze data using statistical principles.
  • Apply appropriate theories within cybersecurity science to evaluate and mitigate risk.

Students graduating from the master's program can be prepared to take on senior roles within cybersecurity. Some cybersecurity management and senior-level roles require applicants to have at least a master's degree in order to apply. Students also have the opportunity to learn from fellow students and make valuable networking connections that can lead to career possibilities.

Earn a Cybersecurity Degree With Purdue Global

If working in cybersecurity interests you, or you want to grow your IT career by earning a higher degree, Purdue Global offers flexible online programs in IT and cybersecurity. You can study on your own time, on any connected device, and continue to work while you go to school. Request more information today.


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*National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual growth.

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