7.5 billion Internet Users by 2030. PHOTO: Cybercrime Magazine.

Humans On The Internet Will Triple From 2015 To 2022 And Hit 4 Billion

90 percent of the human population, aged 6 years and older, will be online by 2030

Steve Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

Sausalito, Calif. – Jul. 18, 2019

It’s a common question: How many people are on the Internet? Or, more important, how many people are at risk of being cyber attacked?

To answer: The number of people that are online at a given point in time.

So, exactly how many people are online today — and what will that look like over the next 5 to 10 years?

In 2019, there are more than 4.4 billion users online.

We first answered this question exactly one year ago. On July 18, 2018, Internet traffic was pushing nearly 3 billion users (which was roughly 51 percent of the total number of people with Internet access).

Going further back in time, in 2015 there were 2 billion people online.

Looking ahead, Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that there will be 6 billion Internet users by 2022 (75 percent of the projected world population of 8 billion) — and more than 7.5 billion Internet users by 2030 (90 percent of the projected world population of 8.5 billion, 6 years of age and older).

The number of people connected to the Internet, not to mention the number of Things (IoT devices), is staggering.

A growing corps of cyber fighters will be needed to protect the world’s citizens from cybercrime, which is predicted to reach $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015. But, we’ve got a real numbers problem with that.

Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021, up from 1 million in 2014.

This challenge has created a cybersecurity market that will be worth $1 trillion between 2017 and 2021 (5 year cumulative spending on cybersecurity products and services).

It’s not all gloom and doom. Cybercrime is a natural outgrowth of the expanding cyberattack surface, and it should be expected. A realistic view of the risks and threats we face will help organizations and consumers to do a better job of protecting themselves.

For more cybercrime and cybersecurity facts, figures, predictions, and statistics, go to the 2019 Cybersecurity Almanac, which is co-published by Cisco and Cybersecurity Ventures.

Steve Morgan is founder and Editor-in-Chief at Cybersecurity Ventures.

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