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16 Website Statistics in 2024: Security & Accessibility

Written by Fransisca Smith

Security & accessibility website statistics in 2024

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Following on from our web design and UX website statistics in 2024, we’ve collated the top 16 website security and accessibility statistics. 

Both safety and inclusivity are imperative to successful web design. Good web design practices safe data management and protects users interacting with the site. For organisations, website security is paramount and can impact the success of the business as a whole. Accessibility is also an incredibly important aspect in web design with organisations benefitting from attracting a broader user base and SEO improvements.

 

Website Security Statistics in 2024

Website Statistics in 2024, Cost of a data breach

 

  1. The average cost of a data breach was $4.45 million in 2023.¹

 

There is a substantial financial impact that data breaches can have on organisations. This data highlights the critical importance of robust cybersecurity measures to prevent and mitigate such breaches and their costly consequences.

 

  1. 40% of cyber attacks are aimed at small businesses.²

 

A significant proportion of cyberattacks are directed at businesses with limited resources for cybersecurity protection, making them particularly vulnerable to data breaches, financial losses and the potential disruption of their services. Small businesses need to take proactive steps to protect their digital assets and sensitive data.

 

  1. 60% of small businesses that have a cyber attack go out of business within 6 months.³

 

This scary statistic highlights the devastating impact that a cyber attack can have on small businesses. It means that a majority of small businesses are unable to recover from the financial and reputational impact caused by a cyberattack, leading to their closure within 6 months. This statistic reinforces the importance of robust cybersecurity measures and processes that help to protect small businesses.

 

  1. It was estimated that approximately 2.39 million cases of cyber crimes affected UK businesses over the past 12 months.

 

This statistic reflects the alarming frequency of cyberattacks on businesses in the UK. A significant number of businesses have been targeted by cybercriminals, potentially resulting in data breaches and financial loss.

 

  1. It took an average of 277 days (or 9 months), to identify and contain a breach, in 2022.

 

This statistic highlights the challenge that organisations face in detecting and mitigating cybersecurity threats. It emphasises the importance of investing in a proactive approach to cybersecurity and a thorough incident response process to reduce the damage a cyberattack may have on a business.

 

  1. Organisations using AI or automation software were able to identify and contain breaches 27% faster.

 

AI and automation software can help organisations with the detection and response to cyberattacks, ultimately reducing the time it takes to mitigate a threat. Organisations that invest in cybersecurity AI and automation tools are more likely to reduce the potential damage from an attack. 

 

  1. 51% of organisations are expanding automation and AI use for security operations.

 

The majority of businesses are actively investing in security AI and automation tools to improve their ability to detect, respond to and prevent security threats. This statistic highlights the growing trend towards adopting more advanced and proactive security measures to safeguard sensitive data and systems.

 

  1. 54% of organisations have experienced a cyber attack in the last 12 months.

 

This data highlights the significant and ongoing threat of cyberattacks in organisations across various sectors. With more than half of organisations falling victim to cyberattacks, it’s a stark number that reminds business owners of the potential risks of weak security systems and processes.

 

  1. 80% of data breaches are caused by the use of poor or reused passwords.

 

With 80% of data breaches occurring due to reused passwords, it’s a crucial reminder of the role that password security plays in robust cybersecurity. Organisations need to prioritise strong passwords that are updated regularly or implement third-factor authentication. 

 

Accessibility statistics in 2024

15% of the worlds population has a disability

 

  1. 15% of the world’s population have a disability.¹⁰

 

A substantial portion of the global population faces physical, sensory or cognitive impairments. This highlights the importance of creating an inclusive and accessible digital environment to ensure that people with disabilities can fully participate in accessing information via technology.

 

  1. 96.3% of homepages had detected WCAG 2 failures.¹¹

 

There is still much work to do to make the internet more accessible for people with disabilities. This shocking statistic shows that the vast majority of websites did not comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which were created to ensure that websites are accessible.

 

  1. Almost half of those with disabilities surveyed by WebAIM reported that web content accessibility did not improve in the past year.¹²

 

This statistic shows that there has been limited progress in addressing web accessibility issues. A significant portion of individuals with disabilities who rely on technology are still facing similar accessibility issues as they have done previously. It signals the need to increase efforts towards creating a more inclusive digital environment through education and practice.

 

  1. There are an estimated 300 million people in the world with colour vision deficiency and require colour-adjusting tools on websites.¹³

 

This data highlights the importance of designing inclusive websites that ensure people with colour vision deficiencies can interact effectively with a website. This can be done through designing sites that incorporate text-to-speech tools or colour adjustment controls.

 

  1. 84% of home pages had low-contrast text.¹⁴

 

The vast majority of homepages do not meet the recommended contract standards, making it difficult for users to read and understand content. This number highlights the need for organisations to ensure their digital content is accessible by meeting minimum WCAG requirements.

 

  1. 90% of websites are inaccessible to people with disabilities who use assistive technologies.¹⁵

 

There is a vast majority of websites that do not provide the necessary support for individuals with disabilities to access and navigate websites effectively. It signals the urgent need for organisations to create a more digitally inclusive environment that caters to individuals of all abilities.

 

  1. By 2060 the number of people 65 or older in the United States is expected to double to 98 million.¹⁶

 

The United States will experience a substantial demographic shift towards an ageing population by 2060. Because of this, organisations should look to cater their digital offerings to a demographic with unique needs and challenges.

 

For guidance and support on your website security and accessibility, get in touch with the team at Crucible. We are a digital agency supporting organisations with their digital strategies, web design & development and performance marketing.

 

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Sources:
  1. https://www.ibm.com/reports/data-breach
  2. https://cybersecurityventures.com/60-percent-of-small-companies-close-within-6-months-of-being-hacked/ 
  3. https://smallbiztrends.com/2023/05/small-business-cybersecurity.html
  4. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/cyber-security-breaches-survey-2023/cyber-security-breaches-survey-2023#
  5. https://www.ibm.com/reports/data-breach
  6. https://www.teramind.co/blog/cost-saving-effect-of-zero-trust/
  7. https://security.imprivata.com/rs/413-FZZ-310/images/SL-Ponemon-Report-state-of-cs-and-third-party-access-risk-1122.pdf
  8. https://security.imprivata.com/rs/413-FZZ-310/images/SL-Ponemon-Report-state-of-cs-and-third-party-access-risk-1122.pdf
  9. https://fintechmagazine.com/financial-services-finserv/cybersecurity-trends-in-2023-what-fintechs-can-expect
  10. https://iris.who.int/handle/10665/44575
  11. https://webaim.org/projects/million/
  12. https://webaim.org/projects/practitionersurvey3/ 
  13. https://www.clintoneye.com/color-blindness.html 
  14. https://webaim.org/blog/webaim-million-2022/ 
  15. https://cielo24.com/2023/02/12-accessibility-statistics-you-need-to-know/ 
  16. https://monsido.com/blog/accessibility-statistics