A new study conducted by NetworkBuildz reveals the states most at risk of cyberattacks. The research examined each annual FBI Internet Crime Report from 2018-2022 to collate the number of cyberattacks in each state over the last five years, which were then compared by 100,000 people to reveal the states most susceptible to cybercrime. 

The study shows that Nevada residents are at the highest risk of cybercrime in the country. Over the last five years, Nevada experienced its highest occurrence of cybercrimes in 2021, with a total of 17,706 cyberattacks in one year alone. Overall, between 2018-2022, the state recorded 54,515 total cyberattacks, which equates to 1,756 attacks per 100,000 people and correlates to a total victim loss of $320,052,803. 

Alaska placed next in the ranking, with the second-highest number of cybercrimes over the last five years. The data reported a total of 8,453 reported cyberattacks between 2018-2022, resulting in 1,153 cyberattacks per 100,000 people. Additionally, victim losses amounted to $50,511,484 in Alaska between 2018-2022. 

Maryland comes in third place on the list. The state saw 58,627 cyberattacks between 2018-2022, which equates to 951 attacks per 100,000 people, with a victim loss of $479,475,435. Maryland experienced its highest occurrence of cybercrimes in 2020, with a total of 14,804 recorded crimes in one year alone. 

The study ranks Colorado in fourth place, with 928 cyberattacks per 100,000 people. Over the last five years, Colorado experienced 53,562 recorded cyberattacks, which amounted to a total of $508,886,418 in victim losses in the state. In 2020, Colorado experienced its highest incidence of cybercrimes, with a total of 12,325 recorded crimes throughout the year. 

The study places Florida in fifth place. Over the reports spanning from 2018 to 2022, Florida experienced significant cybercrime impact, with a total of 193,602 cyberattacks. As such, this translates to 899 cybercrimes per 100,000 people. 

Iowa ranks sixth, with 886 cyberattacks per 100,000 reported over the last five years. When broken down, Iowa suffered 28,256 cybercrimes between 2018-2022, which resulted in a total state loss of $141,282,658. 

Washington ranks in seventh place, with a total of 875 cyberattacks per 100,000 people, and Delaware follows in eighth place, with 874. The top 10 states most susceptible to cybercrime are rounded out with California (801) and Arizona (746) in ninth and 10th place, respectively.