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Penetration Testing Identifies Serious Flaws in 95.83% of Companies Tested in 2012. High Bit Security's Year-End Report Shows Majority of Companies Vulnerable to Hackers
Date:1/30/2013

Rochester MI (PRWEB) January 30, 2013

“In 2012 High Bit Security performed testing across multiple sectors,” said High Bit COO Adam Goslin. “It did not seem to matter what business the clients were in. Medical, Banking, Mortgage, E-Commerce, Software, Industrial Design, Staffing, Business Intelligence, Insurance, Accounting, Legal, Hospitality, and even Internet Payment processors – almost all failed their tests. This past year, 95.83% of the businesses we tested had vulnerabilities that would allow their systems to be compromised. Even those who were running regular vulnerability scans, or had penetration testing performed with other companies the previous year.”

The most common – 58.5% of the vulnerabilities - were found in the application layer (web applications, web services, and API’s) while doing external testing. Performed from the outside, external testing simulates a hacking attack originating anywhere from across the parking lot to across the globe. “We were contacted by a customer after they discovered one of their web pages was being re-routed to a site selling fake merchandise,” said Goslin. “That was just the tip of the iceberg. Sensitive client data was being extracted from their systems without their knowledge. Ultimately, when we gave the findings report to their web developer, it was an easy fix. We showed them the code changes needed and the issues were easily resolved.”

The next largest segment of vulnerabilities – 41.5% - were found in the network layer – the firewall, server, and infrastructure configurations. “I feel bad for IT service providers who assure customers they are secure,” said High Bit Security Chief Business Development Office Barbara Goushaw. “IT security is a specialty, and expecting your IT provider to know all of the ways a company can be compromised is like expecting your family doctor
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