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Portable and desktop loss statistics

The following statistics were reported by Safeware for the years 2000 and 2001.  (More recent figures are not available.)  Safeware is the nation's leading insurer of computer hardware.  The trends show that the loss of notebook computers (and overall combined theft) is up significantly and support a long-term trend toward more and more theft of valuable equipment. The overall number of incidents is staggering. Read the complete report:

Notebooks

 

Cause of Loss

2000#

% of Total

2001#

% of Total

Increase/Decrease to Prior Year

ACCIDENTS

793,000

58%

1,387,000

60%

75%

THEFT

387,000

28%

591,000

26%

53%

POWER SURGE

84,000

6%

59,000

3%

-30%

LIGHTNING

33,000

2%

43,000

2%

30%

TRANSIT

12,000

1%

30,000

1%

150%

WATER/FLOOD

25,000

2%

166,000

7%

564%

OTHER

24,000

2%

32,000

1%

33%

TOTAL

1,358,000

100%

2,308,000

100%

70%


Desktops

Cause of Loss

2000#

% of Total

2001#

% of Total

Increase/Decrease to Prior Year

ACCIDENTS

38,000

34%

28,000

30%

-26%

THEFT

16,000

14%

15,000

16%

-6%

POWER SURGE

35,000

31%

30,000

33%

-14%

LIGHTNING

11,000

10%

8,000

9%

-27%

TRANSIT

3,000

3%

3,000

3%

0%

WATER/FLOOD

3,000

2%

3,000

3%

0%

OTHER

7,000

6%

5,000

5%

-29%

TOTAL

113,000

100%

92,000

100%

-19%


Combined

Cause of Loss

2000#

% of Total

2001#

% of Total

Increase/Decrease to Prior Year

ACCIDENTS

831,000

56%

1,415,000

51%

70%

THEFT

403,000

27%

606,000

25%

50%

POWER SURGE

119,000

8%

89,000

4%

-25%

LIGHTNING

44,000

3%

51,000

2%

16%

TRANSIT

15,000

1%

33,000

1%

120%

WATER/FLOOD

28,000

2%

169,000

7%

504%

OTHER

31,000

2%

37,000

2%

19%

TOTAL

1,471,000

100%

2,400,000

100%

63%

Copyright (c) 2002 Safeware, Inc.   All rights reserved.

 

Some other interesting statistics:

  • 60% of all corporate data assets reside unprotected on PCs.
    Source: Search Security Newsletter, April 4, 2002

  • The theft of a laptop results in an average financial loss of $89,000; only a small percentage of the sum actually relates to the hardware cost.
    Source: 2002 Computer Security Institute/FBI Computer Crime & Security Survey

  • Informal surveys indicate that about 10 to 15 percent of laptops are stolen by criminals intent on selling the data.
    Source: Securityfocus.com, July 30, 2001

  • IT professionals underestimate the real cost of one stolen notebook by 90%
    Source: Kensington Notebook Security Survey, October 2001

For more information regarding portable and desktop security, view the following features:

 

What's hot in security: Windows™ and the theft of memory chips and internal boards.

Protecting notebooks and laptops: Strategies for keeping what's yours!

How to measure the real cost of a stolen computer: A management report.

 

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