Up to half (46 percent) of US organisations have experienced malware attacks that have had a severe impact on their business operations in the past, according to one new report. 

PC Pitstop by IDG Connect conducted a report on behalf of of 211 IT decision makers working for US companies that range in size from 250 to over 20,000 employees. The respondents reported attacks including ransomware, worms, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, advanced persistent threat (APT) such as keyloggers, phishing and zero days, and adware.

It is suggested that the security hardware and software defences that respondents invested in often fail to prevent malware from intruding on their systems since 88 percent spend over $100,000 (£69K) a year on data security and 39 percent spending over $500,000 (£344K) per year.

Almost all (91 percent) of US organisations would consider implementing a white list security solution as long as that solution could be proved to deliver superior protection against malware.

“The security problem is getting consistently worse, the consequences are getting consistently larger, and the frequency is growing. It's time to consider a new architecture – the existing model isn't working,” said Rob Cheng, chief executive officer at PC Pitstop.