Australia Top 5 Cybercrime Facts 2018


$2.51 million was the average cost of a data breach in Australia in 2017, based on a study of 25 companies by the Ponemon Institute. These ranged from $0.89 million for a breach involving fewer than 10,000 compromised records up to $6.65 million for more than 50,000 records. The average cost per record was $139.


47,000 attacks were recorded by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) in 2016–17. More than half were malicious online scams or fraud, 15% more than the previous year, with 7,283 affected major businesses and 734 affected notable private sector organisations.


Business losses doubled from compromised emails in 2016–17. More than $20 million in losses were reported to the ACSC, an increase of more than 130% from 2015–16.


90% of businesses have been exposed to a data breach or threat, according to the ACSC, with 58% being compromised at least once.


24% of companies experience ransomware attacks every month. These take an average of 5 hours or longer to resolve.

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