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Complex software trends create increased vulnerability

Fortify : 24 June, 2008  (Technical Article)
Report on the complexity of enterprise software reveals an increased possibility of security flaws being present causing risk for inadequately protected businesses
Fortify Software says that a recent report into data breaches by Verizon, the US communications carrier, highlights the fact that modern business software's increasing complexities is creating an environment where flaws and other security issues are starting to thrive.

'Verizon's research shows that 73 per cent of data breaches were exploited by external sources and, where the breaches were caused by hacking, 39 percent were aimed at the application or software layer,' said Rob Rachwald, Fortify's director of product marketing.

'Perhaps even more worrying is the issue that attacks to the application, software and services layer were much more commonplace than operating system platform exploits, which made up 23 per cent,' he added.

'More than anything this confirms our own research which suggests that application vulnerabilities are a major headache for IT managers. Companies need to address this issue, and ensure that their operating systems, as well as applications software, are fully patched and up to date,' he added.

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