General Statistics

Most of the following statistics are from American studies. Most countries have the same problem.

  • Laptop theft doubled in 2004.
  • CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey, 2004. More than 600,000 Laptops / PC’s were stolen in 2003. – Safeware The Insurance Agency 2004
  • Theft ranks as the number two cause for overall Laptop / PC loss. – Safeware The Insurance Agency 2003
  • Laptop / PC theft has been attributed to 59% of Computer attacks in government agencies, corporations, and universities during 2003. – Baseline 2004
  • Computer crime statistics reveal that approximately 80% of Computer crime consists of “inside jobs” by disgruntled employees. – Gartner Group
  • 73% of companies do not have specific security policies for their Laptops / PC’s. – Gartner Group 2003
  • 80% of those surveyed acknowledged financial losses due to Computer breaches. – CSI / FBI 2002
  • 97% of stolen Laptops / PC’s are never recovered. – FBI
  • The average company loss due to the theft of just one Laptop / PC is more than $47,000. CSI / FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey, 2003

Key findings of the 2003 BSI Computer Theft Survey

  • Almost half (44.5%) of the survey respondents have been the victim of Computer theft in the last 12 months.
  • 53% of Laptop theft occurred while left unattended and unsecured in a Vehicle.
  • Nearly three quarters (72.5%) of respondent companies had between 1 and 9 Laptops / PC’s stolen in the last 12 months; nearly 1 in 10 (9.7%) respondent companies had more than 25 Laptops / PC’s stolen in the last 12 months.
  • Laptops comprised nearly half (48%) of those devices reported stolen, followed by desktop Computers (26.7%) and PDA’s (13.3%).
  • 99% of survey respondents that experienced Computer theft report the thief was never caught.
  • 67.7% of respondents report the estimated value of proprietary data on their stolen computing device at $25,000 or less; 9.2% estimated the value at $1,000.000 or more and 2.3% estimated the value at more than $10,000,000.
  • The value of proprietary data on respondents stolen Computers averaged an astounding $690,759.61 per stolen Computer.
  • 45.6% of respondents report other items were stolen at the time of the Computer theft, with removable media (including spare disks, stored files on CDs, removable media and spare hard drives) accounting for 21.8% of the additional stolen items.
  • 46.7% of respondents that experienced Computer theft had multiple incidences of theft in the last 12 months.
  • Nearly two-thirds (63.5%) of Computer thefts occurred outside traditional business hours.
  • Average total replacement cost of stolen computing devices was $14,227.27 per device. This does not include the cost of the data on the computing device.
  • 72.7% of respondents reported downtime due to Computer theft ranging from several days to more than one month.
  • 60.1% of respondent organizations do not have written guidelines on how to safeguard Computers from theft.
  • 60.4% of respondent organizations do not provide security guidelines.
  • 76.2% of respondent organizations do not have written guidelines on how to respond to the theft of a Computer.
  • 79.3% of respondent organizations do not provide employees with the name and contact information of a specific point of contact when a computing device goes missing.
  • 81.5% of respondent organizations do not conduct periodic security awareness programs on Computer theft.
  • 85.4% of respondent organizations do not have a written policy making employees financially responsible for computer theft if security guidelines are not followed.
  • 89.6% of respondent organizations do not have written guidelines on protecting proprietary information on computing devices while travelling.

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