Malware levels do not stop marking records. The attacks can lead to serious losses to the companies that suffer them. And employees download this harmful software every 4 seconds.

 

Malware is one of the biggest threats in the hyperconnected society in which we live. The number of copies does not stop growing and increasingly affects more users and companies, causing millionaire losses.

Just a few days ago we reported that mobile malware set a new record in the first half of 2016. According to the study ‘McAfee Labs Threats Report: September 2016’, of Intel Security, in that period of the year 2 million new samples of mobile malware were discovered, with a growth of 151% in the last 12 months. In addition, 1.3 million new ransomware specimens were registered, representing an increase of 128% in the last year.

Also, increased macro malware (+ 200% in the second quarter of 2016), powered by Necurs, Dridex and Locky, as well as denial of service attacks (+11 %). As a significant fact, it should be noted that 316 threats were detected per minute. That is, more than 5 per second.

Check Point Software also warns of malware risk in its reports ‘Check Point Security Report’ and < a href = "https://www.checkpoint.com/webinars/sans-2016-threat-landscape-study/"> ‘Exploits at the Endpoint: SANS 2016 Threat Landscape Study’ . In both works it is concluded that unknown malware continues to grow and evolve exponentially. Not surprisingly, compared to the previous year, researchers have discovered nine times more unknown malware that attacks companies.

The company ensures a large part of the responsibility lies with the employees themselves , which download a new unknown malware to the company’s server every four seconds . Check Point has found about 12 million new malware variants per month. It should be noted that in the last two years more new threats have been discovered than in the previous ten .

The company notes that mobile devices in the company represent an access point for this harmful software. Thus, it indicates that one in five employees is involuntarily responsible for an attack via mobile malware or a malicious Wi-Fi connection.

In addition, it highlights that endpoints are the source of most threats. According to the companies consulted, cybercriminals attack email in 75% of cases. It should be noted that 39% of attacks on endpoints managed to transfer corporate firewalls and that 85% of threats are discovered once they have penetrated.

And once they get in, the losses can be substantial. For example, the survey ‘Enterprise IT security risks 2016’, conducted by Kaspersky Lab, shows that a cryptomalware attack can cost an SME 88,000. And they are not isolated cases, since that more than 30% of small and medium-sized businesses reported in the last years of the loss of a significant amount of data due to a cryptomalware infection.

The survey reveals that 34% of businessmen admit to having given in to extortion in order to recover the hijacked data. But the loss is not limited to the amount paid, but there are more risks . As Kaspersky Lab explains, a cryptomalware infection usually also implies partial or complete suspension of business operations (internal business processes, financial transactions, etc.), loss of valuable data (financial and project documents, customer or partner databases) and reputational risks.