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Study Reveals Security Vulnerabilities Common Amongst ALL Websites

By Vigilize | Monday, July 20, 2015 - Leave a Comment

Out of 15k websites studied, 50% failed at PCI compliance

Troubling results from a study on cyber security show businesses are lacking in basic security.

With all the vendor management checklists and to-do’s and SSAE-16 reviews, what assurance do we have that our vendors are cleaning up basic vulnerabilities on their websites?

New research reveals that high-risk vulnerabilities are common in almost half of all websites. Fifteen thousand websites across 5,500 companies participated in the study. Medium security vulnerabilities were present amongst 87% of the sampled sites, many suffering from unpatched superbugs such as POODLE.

The study defined the ‘high security vulnerabilities’ (revealed to be present in 46% of the sampled sites) as “something an attacker can easily exploit to compromise the integrity and availability of the target application, gain access to backend systems and databases, deface the target site and trick users into phishing attacks.”

Nick Galea, CEO at Acunetix commented on the study’s troubling results: “These are worrying stats, showing businesses are failing in some basic web security areas. It’s just like leaving your wallet or unlocked phone lying around in a public place. It’s more a question of how long it takes, rather than if at all, before you are compromised.”


Original article by Ben Rossi.
Read the full story here.


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