March 23, 2010

58% of business software vulnerable to hack attacks

by Darren Allan

Application risk management firm Veracode has conducted research which shows that 58% of the software big businesses employ in the US is vulnerable to a potential security breach.

Veracode examined some 1600 programs, some open source, some commercial, and some internally developed, to ascertain how water-tight they were in terms of security.

58% of the applications analysed contained vulnerabilities of a similar nature to those recently exploited in the Google hacking incident (which allegedly originated from China).

The research also uncovered another interesting fact, that contrary to common belief, open source software is no more vulnerable to attack than commercially developed programs.

In actuality, according to Veracode open source has “comparable security” and “fewer potential backdoors” than commercial software.

Good news for the the many businesses which are now turning towards open source in IT budget trimming efforts.

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