Security software vendor Secunia has conducted research that found 15,435 flaws in close to 3,870 different applications.
The numbers were compiled last year, showing an 18 per cent rise against flaws identified in the previous year and a 22 per cent rise in applications.
Speaking to SCMagazine.com by email, Secunia’s security and research director, Kasper Lindgaard, confirmed that he attributes the increase to a heightened focus on flaws from vendors and researchers.
He said that security flaws are a growing concern and that, for stakeholders, there is now more money and attention involved.
“The common denominator for the products affected by the open source vulnerabilities was that they are primarily found in corporate environments (as opposed to private PCs), in applications that could not be reached from outside the system, but rather could only be accessed through local networks.”
Lindgaard said that in order to handle the rising number of flaws being found each year, businesses need to have applications in full view, firm procedures and polices implemented to prioritise mitigation, verified vulnerable data from respected sources, and the appropriate tools they need to deploy workaround and patches.
If businesses follow Lindgaard’s advice, they may very well be more protected against security vulnerabilities. However, to ensure that such advice is followed and to solve any issues that may otherwise seep through the system, there need to be additional measures in place. Reassessing IT security recruitment policies would be a good start, if businesses are to have the necessary personnel in place to achieve this.
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