The cost of data breaches will rise from $3 trillion each year to more than $5 trillion in 2024, an average annual growth of 11%, says a new report from Juniper Research.
The new research, The Future of Cybercrime & Security: Threat Analysis, Impact Assessment & Mitigation Strategies 2019-2024 noted that while the cost per breach will steadily rise in the future, the levels of data disclosed will make headlines but not impact breach costs directly, as most fines and lost business are not directly related to breach sizes.
The Human Element Remains Key, Despite AI Advances
Cybercrime is increasingly sophisticated; the report anticipates that cybercriminals will use AI that will learn the behavior of security systems in a similar way to how cybersecurity firms currently employ the technology to detect abnormal behavior. The research also highlights that the evolution of deep fakes and other AI-based techniques is also likely to play a part in social media cybercrime in the future.
In spite of cybersecurity becoming increasingly part of corporate culture, the report says it is not necessarily gaining traction with system users. As a result, Juniper Research expects that security awareness training will become an increasingly important part of enterprise cybersecurity practice. The gains that can be made by increasing human awareness of cybersecurity can make more efficient use of cybersecurity spending, which Juniper Research expects to rise by only 8% per annum in the forecast period.