Security Pros Say Apps Are Vulnerable -- And Constantly Attacked
Survey of RSA attendees says enterprise apps are tested hundreds of times a day
If you worry that your organization's applications are vulnerable to attack, then you're not alone, according to study results released yesterday.
In a survey at the RSA Conference 2010 in San Francisco last week, researchers from security vendor Fortify found that most security pros are stressed about potential attacks on their apps.
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In fact, 73 percent of respondents thought the applications in their companies had vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit. In fact, most agreed it would be "ignorant" to say they didn't. Twenty-six percent said they either did not know the answer or did not want to disclose the information.
And hackers are seeking to exploit those vulnerabilities, attendees said. Forty-seven percent of respondents said their companies are targeted or attacked more than once a day; many said their organizations are attacked "hundreds of times a day" or "every moment."
Most of the respondents (74 percent) said they place a high priority on software security, and most (63 percent) said they use a combination of tools for that purpose.
Eighty-eight percent of respondents admitted to doing some hacking themselves -- mostly for work purposes, they said.
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