Security researchers at Check Point analyzed information on over 30,000 security incidents discovered by the that company’s ThreatCloud prevention software which is installed at more than 1,000 companies worldwide. Check Point found that employees in most business sectors are downloading potentially harmful files to their company’s networks at an alarming rate.
Check Point says in their new study that a new malicious file downloads have increased 900% per hour:
- Unknown malware continues its exponential and evolutionary growth. Researchers found a 9x increase in the amount of unknown malware plaguing businesses. This was fueled by the employees, who downloaded a new unknown malware every four seconds. In total, there were nearly 12 million new malware variants discovered every month, with more new malware discovered in the past two years than the previous decade.
- Security is lagging behind the speedy, on-the-go mobile device. With smartphones and tablets accounting for 60 percent of digital media time spent, businesses’ mobile devices present both an access curse and a business productivity blessing. While employees do not want to be the cause of a company network breach, 1-in-5 will cause one through either mobile malware or malicious Wi-Fi.
- Endpoints represent the starting points for most threats. Among the businesses surveyed, endpoints were the most common cause of breaches and the most critical component in cyber defenses, with attackers leveraging email in 75 percent of cases. Also, 39 percent of endpoint attacks bypassed the network gateway firewalls, and routine operations uncovered 85 percent of threats after they had already gotten inside the enterprise.
A full copy of the report is available here.