An exponential rise in malware means employees are at the highest risk ever of accidentally installing malicious software onto the enterprise network - and it happens every four seconds within the average company, a new report has warned.
Cybersecurity researchers at Check Point analysed information on over 30,000 security events discovered by the company's ThreatCloud prevention software at more than 1,000 companies across the globe.
They found that employees in industry, finance, government and other sectors are very much taking a cavalier attitude to cybersecurity and downloading potentially harmful files to the company network.
It's unknown malware - malicious software which isn't yet recognised by security systems - which is most likely to be downloaded by employees and according to the report, it happens every four seconds on average across the organisations analysed in the report. The figure adds up to 971 unknown malware downloads per hour, representing nine times more downloads than the previous year, when the figure was 106 downloads per hour.