Now more than ever, it is so important to keep an eye on everything when it comes to your computer and cell phone. We live in a time when we can purchase things with the click of a button, or even hold our credit card over the scanner. Cybercrime is running rampant, and the state of North Dakota ranks extremely high when it comes to fighting it according to a study conducted by NetworkBuildz.

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Cyber Crime

The research examined each annual FBI Internet Crime Report from 2018-2022 to collate the number of cyber-attacks in each state over the last five years, which were then compared by 100,000 people to reveal the states with the lowest risk of cybercrime. 

The study revealed that Mississippi residents are at the lowest risk of cybercrime in the country. Over the last five years, Mississippi experienced its highest occurrence of cybercrimes in 2022, with a total of 2,478 cyber-attacks. Overall, between 2018-2022, the state recorded 10,227 total cyber-attacks, which equates to 345 cybercrimes per 100,000 people and correlates to a total victim loss of $82,758,951. 

North Dakota placed next in the ranking, with the second-lowest number of cybercrimes over the last five years. The data reported a total of 3,081 reported cyber-attacks between 2018-2022, resulting in 395 cyber-attacks per 100,000 people.

Kansas comes in third place on the list. The state saw 12,617 cyber-attacks between 2018-2022, which equates to 429 cyber-attacks per 100,000 people, with a victim loss of $136,920,519. Kansas experienced its highest occurrence of cybercrimes in 2020, with a total of 3,457 recorded crimes in one year alone. 

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The study ranks Louisiana in fourth place, with 449 cybercrimes per 100,000 people. Over the last five years, Louisiana experienced 20,933 recorded cyber-attacks, which amounted to a total of $161,809,102 in victim losses in the state. In 2020, Louisiana experienced its highest incidence of cybercrimes, with a total of 5,077 recorded crimes throughout the year. 

The study places Arkansas in fifth place. Over the reports spanning from 2018 to 2022, there were a total of 13,709 reported cyber-attacks in Arkansas. As such, this translates to 455 attacks per 100,000 people and a combined victim loss of $108,556,984. 

Maine ranks sixth, with 457 cyber-attacks per 100,000 reported over the last five years. When broken down, Maine had 6,221 cyber-attacks between 2018-2022, which resulted in a total state loss of $41,705,087 between the victims. 

West Virginia ranks in seventh place, with a total of 458 cybercrimes per 100,00 people, and Nebraska narrowly follows in eighth place, with 463. The top ten states most susceptible to cybercrime are rounded out with North Carolina (468) and Oklahoma (470) in ninth and tenth place, respectively.

Here's how our neighbors in the region placed:

  • Minnesota - 11th
  • South Dakota - 12th
  • Montana - 16th

Things That You Can Do To Be Cyber Safe

According to CISA, there are a few things you can do now to detour cyber attacks.

  • Turn on Multifactor Authentication
  • Update Your Software
  • Think Before You Click
  • Use Strong Passwords

 

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