IT Security – Cybercrime Pays, That’s Why We’re Always Vigilant

More than a million dollars every minute. That’s how much money businesses and individuals lose to cybercrime. About $171,000 every minute. This is the amount businesses spend on cybersecurity. These staggering stats come from RiskIQ, a digital threat management company.

Cybercriminals are constantly innovating, evolving malicious tactics to compromise our online security. They never stand still, so neither can we. Their motivation is simple. Crime pays.


2018 Costs $600 billion to date
$171,233/minute – what businesses spend on IT security
$11.7 million/year – cost to large businesses globally
Ransomware $8 billion/year
1.5 organizations/minute – how many fall victim to ransomware
Phishing emails 22.9 attacks/minute
Malware 1,274 new variants/minute
Records leaked 1,274 new variants/minute

Do these three things to keep us safe

  • Use Houston Methodist email, because it has several layers of security.
  • Don’t open attachments from your Gmail, Yahoo mail or other non-Houston Methodist email when using your work computer.
  • Send suspicious email to

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