Cyber losses could reach US$6trn by 2021

September 12 2019 by Andrew Tjaardstra

Overall global cyber losses are expected to hit US$6 trillion by 2021, with cybersecurity spending projected to exceed a total of US$1 trillion for the five years leading up to 2021, according to a new report released from Aon.

The report, Prepare for the Unexpected: Safeguarding value in the era of Cyber Risk, surveyed business leaders for their views on building cyber-resilient organisations.

“There are a range of costs directly related to a cyber-incident: fines, legal, communication and litigation to name a few. Yet the most expensive cost of a breach, in most cases, is not being able to do your business.” commented Onno Janssen, chief executive risk consulting and cyber-solutions EMEA at Aon.

He added: “The cyber threat is amorphous, and the technology it exploits is advancing at a dizzying pace, so the risk landscape is never going to stand still. The C-suite will have to aim to constantly improve its holistic cyber risk-management strategies to prevent, prepare for, and be able to respond to a cyber crisis. Ultimate responsibility for all risk management efforts resides in the boardroom.”

The report shows that cyber as a priority for businesses will only be going up the agenda over the next few years.

“If systems go offline and you lose your data, there is a massive downturn in productivity, as people are simply unable to work”, says Andy Rhodes, general manager, global head  of commercial PCs at HP.

Rhodes added: “It’s a soft cost that people find difficult to quantify, and has a massive impact to their top and bottom line.”



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