Sunday, January 17, 2010

Website Security Statistics

Web security company Cenzic released a report detailing trends and numbers related to Web security for the first and second quarters of 2009.

Among the most serious vulnerabilities were path traversal (folder listing), cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery and SQL injection. You may have to deal with all of these in order to make your website secure.

A report by security company Whitehat Security has indicated that:
- Historically, 82% of assessed websites have had at least one issue of HIGH, CRITICAL, or URGENT severity
- 63% of assessed websites currently have issues of HIGH, CRITICAL, or URGENT severity
- Historically, websites average 17 vulnerabilities identified during the lifetime of the assessment cycle
- Websites currently average 6 open vulnerabilities

A report by The Web Application Security Consortium (WASC) showed that for about 12186 sites tested, 97554 vulnerabilities were detected. The analysis showed that:
- more than 13% of all reviewed sites could be compromised completely automatically
- about 49% of web applications contain vulnerabilities of high risk level (Urgent and Critical)
- the most wide spread vulnerabilities are Cross-site Scripting, different types of Information Leakage, SQL Injection, HTTP Response Splitting
- administration issues were 20% more frequent cause of a vulnerability than system development errors
- the probability to compromise a host automatically rose from 7 to 13 %

"When Asked, Most Website Owners Stated That Their Website And Data Was Safe From Hackers. Over 73% Were Wrong!"

Website security and monitoring is a vital part of the success of your online business. Making it a priority is crucial for your website file and data protection. Understanding that and taking the steps to properly implement website security practices can mean increased sales and more business opportunities.

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You will quickly learn how to combat these hackers.
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