Level of Organizational Impact from Cyber Attacks

Level of Organizational Impact from Cyber Attacks

Proof Point

U.S. executives identified theft or loss of personally identifiable information as highest organizational impact from cyber attacks

Level of Organizational Impact from Cyber Attacks

2016 (percentage)

Note: Data from PwC’s 2016 Global Economic Crime Survey of 300 U.S. executives

Proof Point Findings

  • Cyber Attacks – Attempts to damage, destroy or access networks, computers, programs, and data
  • Information Sharing Damages – Personally identifiable information theft or loss (20%), regulatory risks (18%) and IP theft (18%) highest organizational impact of cyberattacks, potentially leading to long-term damages, including destruction of entire business lines
  • Least Impactful – Financial crimes that can steal millions of dollars from many victims tend to grab headlines but rarely post significant threat to companies
  • Key Drivers – Include increasing number and sophistication of global cyberattacks, rising organizational concern for privacy and security, and heightening regulatory requirements for increased security



Information Technology


Date Last Updated

August 14, 2017

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