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Cybercrime Damage Costs to Hit $6 Trillion Annually by 2021

New Jersey, NJ -Cyber theft is the fastest-growing crime in the United States, yet despite elevated concerns, many businesses are still not prepared.2According to Ernst & Young’s 19th Global Information Security Survey 2016-17, only 22 percent of 1,735 global executives, information security managers and IT leaders surveyed fully consider information security in their strategy and planning.

The hyper-connected and data driven business landscape creates an attractive target for hackers to infiltrate. Connected devices, cloud computing, Big Data, mobile technologies and remote working practices are digital trends open to being exploited by hackers who are becoming smarter and more sophisticated.

But despite concerns around the frequency of attacks, many US businesses are not taking measures to protect sensitive data such as personally identifiable information (PII), intellectual property, or trade secrets, leaving them compromised. According to EY’s survey, 89 percent fail to evaluate the financial impact of every data breach and 49 percent had no idea what financial damage it caused.4 Global ransomware damage costs are predicted to exceed $5 billion in 2017, which has significantly increased from $325 million in 2015.

Tony Trama, Director of Security Solutions at Micro Strategies, comments: “In the rapidly evolving business landscape, it’s not a matter of ifa business will be targeted,but when. Business leaders need to be well versed in both the opportunities and threats of the new digital business landscape. Technology has changed our lives - we can access emails from our phone, we can work remotely on the cloud from home - all of which have been enabled by technology, which continues to pervade every aspect of our daily lives. Bearing this in mind, it makes it increasingly important for businesses to protect systems, networks and data from threats.

Leveraging extensive business process and IT expertise, Micro Strategies utilizes technology to deliver business results. Its consultative and customer-centric approach allows the tailoring of end-to-end solutions from infrastructure to line-of-business software for organizations across a range of industries. For more information, go to www.microstrat.com.

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