ATLANTA -- SecureWorks, the largest managed security services provider safeguarding 1,600 clients and more financial institutions than any other vendor, announced that it blocked over 37 million web application hacker attacks attempted against its banking, credit union and utility clients in 2006. They also reported that their web application security assessment business has tripled since last year. SecureWorks has expanded its practice in order to combat web application attacks such as SQL Injection, Cookie Tampering, File Inclusion, Directory Traversals and an array of others.
"Beginning last spring, we saw a significant increase in the number of SQL Injection attacks being attempted against clients," said Erik Petersen, VP of Professional Services for SecureWorks. "In April, they jumped from an average of 100 to 200 a day to anywhere from 1,000 to 8,000 per day and have remained at that high rate ever since. We also found that in 2006, 38% of all the targeted attacks, instances where hackers go after a specific institution, were against web applications. We found that a third of the targeted web application attacks were coming from overseas, primarily from China, Taiwan, Germany, South Korea and Poland."