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11/17/2017
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Businesses Can't Tell Good Bots from Bad Bots: Report

Bots make up more than 75% of total traffic for some businesses, but one in three can't distinguish legitimate bots from malicious ones.

One in three organizations can't differentiate good or legitimate bots from bad bots - a shortcoming that can affect application security.

Bots make up more than 75% of total traffic for some businesses, according to a Radware study on Web application security. The study found nearly half (45%) of businesses had been hit with a data breach in the past year, and 68% are not confident they can keep corporate information safe.

Malicious bots are a serious risk, as Web-scraping attacks can affect retailers by stealing intellectual property, undercutting prices, and holding mass inventory in limbo, the report states. In retail, 40% of businesses can't tell good bots from bad ones. The healthcare industry is also struggling: 42% of traffic comes from bots, but 20% of IT security execs can tell if they're nefarious.

Researchers found gaps in DevOps security, which likely stem from the pressure to consistently deliver application services. Half (49%) of respondents use the continuous delivery of application services and 21% plan to adopt it in the next 1-2 years. More than half (62%) believe this increases the attack surface and about half report they don't integrate security into continuous application delivery.

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Joe Stanganelli
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11/21/2017 | 7:38:19 AM
Re: White Bot, Black Bot, Good Bot, Bad Bot
@REISEN: Brilliant! I'd love to borrow this analogy/imagery for a future article or blog.
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11/20/2017 | 10:16:38 AM
Re: White Bot, Black Bot, Good Bot, Bad Bot
I am so sorry for this one, but when I read the headline title ---- the first image came to mind was Glinda asking Dorothy - 'Are you a good bot or a bad bot?" 
Joe Stanganelli
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11/19/2017 | 5:16:44 PM
White Bot, Black Bot, Good Bot, Bad Bot
There are vendor tools that can help accomplish this.

That said, does this really matter in the grand scheme of things? Whitelist what you know, explicitly trust, and actively want in your network. Otherwise, if you find out it's a bot, why not kick it out?
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