A recent study of 500 Web security decision makers commissioned by Webroot and conducted by Qualtrics found that 79 percent of the companies surveyed experienced one or more Web-borne attacks in 2012, and 55 percent were affected by phishing attacks.

The survey also found that four out of 10 companies had their Web sites compromised in 2012. Of those, 70 percent reported a significant impact on company financials, 57 percent reported that customer data had been accessed, and 46 percent said the company's reputation had been damaged.

Still, only 56 percent of respondents said they had implemented Web security protection.


"Protecting against Web-borne malware should be a high priority for all organizations since once inside a network, the propagation of malware can take down the entire company, effectively disabling an organization," Radicati Group president and CEO Sara Radicati said in a statement. "Finding a balance between providing employees Web access and ensuring corporate information security requires a solid Web security solution and is an essential requirement for companies to avoid this costly liability."