More than 33 billion records will be stolen by cyber criminals in 2023 alone, an increase of 175 per cent from the 12 billion records expected to be compromised in 2018.

According to a new report from Juniper Research, over the next five years over 146 billion records will be breached. At the same time, cyber security spending is only forecast to increase 9 per cent per annum.

The new research, The Future of Cybercrime & Security: Threat Analysis, Impact Assessment & Leading Vendors 2018-2023, found that, in spite of legislation like GDPR and PSD2 mandating strong cybersecurity and authentication measures to protect personal and financial data, average levels of cybersecurity spend will remain relatively static.

Small Business Vulnerable

According to the report, spend by small businesses in 2018 will only make up 13 per cent of the overall cybersecurity market in 2018, despite over 95 per cent of all companies being small businesses. In addition, the cost of breaches can exceed millions of dollars, dwarfing the turnover of such businesses.

Many of these companies use consumer-grade products, spending on average under $500 per year on cybersecurity. With many such businesses digitising, this will leave them vulnerable to newer forms of malware which require more advanced cybersecurity, beyond simple endpoint protection.

“Juniper’s strategic analysis of 48 leading cybersecurity companies shows that AI and predictive analytics are now table stakes for this market”, remarked research author James Moar. “These technologies need to be made available to all businesses, regardless of size”.

In terms of geography, the US will become a more prominent target over the next five years. Juniper expects over half of all data breaches globally to occur in the US by 2023.

This is because the country has much national and international consumer and corporate data in a disparate range of institutions and regulations; making it easier to find and exploit systemic weaknesses.

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