In a report published at the end of 2012 on the growing hacking threat to websites, research firm Frost and Sullivan found that of all cyber security vulnerabilities, more than 98% were discovered by third-party researchers, while less than 2% were discovered by the people who made the applications that contained the vulnerabilities.
According to Frost and Sullivan, more than 80% of websites have at least one known vulnerability. If that vulnerability is known to security researchers, you can bet it’s also known to hackers who use automated tools to sniff out unpatched vulnerabilities, millions of websites at a time.
And as it turns out, four of the top five of all known vulnerabilities have something to do with websites – Adobe Shockwave Player, Adobe Acrobat, Apple QuickTime, and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
The report also found that the most common attacks on websites include:
So what advice does Frost and Sullivan offer?
“This threat is just as real to small companies as it is to large organizations. SMEs are much less prepared, which leaves them in a tight spot. With hacking on the rise, from organized criminal groups, amateurs and political activists, the threat is not going away.”
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