National Cyber Security Alliance Statement Regarding Incorrect Small Business Statistic


Washington, D.C., May 8, 2017 – The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has noticed an increase in the sharing and usage of this third-party 2011 statistic: “60 percent of businesses close within 6 months of a cyber attack.”

This statistic was not generated from NCSA research, and we cannot verify its original source. NCSA has not actively referenced this statistic for several years, but we discovered that it was included in an outdated infographic on our website. We have removed all of these references and do not recommend its ongoing usage. Members of the media, policy makers, small businesses and others are encouraged to rely upon more current and clearly sourced data.

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