73% of the UK population accessed the internet every day last year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics, and in the British workplace more and more time is spent online.
Today's technologically enabled workers expect full access to online content in order to do their jobs effectively. With the rising influence of Generation Y employees (35% of UK workers are now reported to be millennials), an increasing number of employees expect to be able to access social media and other personal content at all times too. Indeed, K3 Managed Services found that 14% of the workforce spends almost 50% of their time surfing the internet for personal use.
It's perhaps unsurprising then that IT security breaches are at their highest level in UK history, with the 'McAfee Labs threats report, fourth quarter 2013' noting 288,000 global malware samples each day - around 200 per minute. Symantec's '2013 internet security report' also found that data breaches have grown by 62% between 2012 and 2013. 3 million visitors are exposed to malware hidden in advertisements on top web sites every day, while an experiment by McAfee in 2014 revealed that 80% of workers fall for a phishing email at least 14% of the time.