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9/19/2019
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Security Pros Value Disclosure ... Sometimes

Security professionals will coordinate disclosure with researchers but may keep their self-discovered vulnerabilities secret, a new study shows.

Honesty is a virtue, say most cybersecurity professionals. That's true even when the honesty involves disclosing vulnerabilities, with 90% of professionals saying that disclosure is a "public good" that increases transparency and improves overall IT security.

The bias toward disclosure is shown in the results of a recent survey conducted by 451 Research and sponsored by Veracode. According to the report, 37% of organizations have received unsolicited disclosures in the last 12 months and, of those, 90% publicly disclosed the vulnerabilities in coordination with the researcher(s) who discovered the issue.

Even so, only 9% of those who identified their own vulnerability opted to make a full disclosure.

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tdsan,
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9/23/2019 | 8:51:38 AM
"Saving face" is what they call it.
From the beginning of time, this has taken place. Who wants to air out their dirty laundry, that is why the numbers will always be skewed when it comes top publishing the real number of breaches and compromise.

That is just the way it is.

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