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81% of companies know they are vulnerable to hacking

22 July 2008

81% of IT professionals admit their applications are vulnerable and are concerned about hackers attacking business-critical applications. According to a survey released by Fortify Software, more than 300 IT security professionals, drawn mainly from 1000+ sized companies at the recent Infosecurity Europe 2008 event, cited application security as a key concern.

81% of companies know they are vulnerable to hacking
81% of companies know they are vulnerable to hacking

Moreover, a quarter of companies surveyed, outsource application development but do not specify any security processes or technologies be applied to ensure the security of outsourced applications.
Attempted hacks are commonplace. A third of companies cited that hacking is a daily occurrence. Worse, respondents cited that 17% of hacks were successful.

More than 60% of IT professionals believe that outsourcing code increases the likelihood of hacking. In fact, 55% respondents believe that it is far safer to write code internally.

Firewalls are still the most popular form of security in the line of defence when it comes to companies protecting their application software from being exploited with 98% choosing this as the default option. Additionally, the survey found that 67% use pen test and 41% use static analysis software.

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