Outpost24, the Technology Leader in On-Demand Vulnerability Management solutions today announced the release of a white paper which identifies the most common security vulnerabilities to help companies improve their IT security and vulnerability management efforts.
Vulnerabilities in networked systems are a major source of today's information security risks, as they expose an organization and its assets to external threats. New vulnerabilities are discovered every day and by the time of this writing, the U.S. National Vulnerability Database (NVD) holds well over 41,000 known vulnerabilities. Thus, organizations that rely on dependable information systems need to frequently assess their exposure to these vulnerabilities in order to be able to manage their risk.
Christian Frühwirth, Software Business Researcher at BIT Research Center, and Ron Perris, Chief Technology Officer Outpost24, wrote the white paper to show how vulnerability management can be a valuable organizational tool for companies to reach continuous compliance with legal regulations, become more cost effective in their IT operations, and build a more robust business environment that allows them to compete with professional hackers.
Frühwirth states, "Organizations should employ modern software tools and vulnerability discovery techniques to match those used by the attackers."
Some key findings revealed in the white paper include:
• High-risk vulnerabilities account for a third (33%) of the total number of identified vulnerabilities.
• Organizations that manage their vulnerability exposure through regular vulnerability scans or security audits show reduced risk exposure compared to other organizations.
• A large part of the analyzed organizations (47%) suffered from high-risk vulnerabilities.
To read "The case for automated Vulnerability Management" white paper, please visit the Outpost24 website: outpost24.com/support-resources.html.
The TKK Software Business Laboratory (sbl.tkk.fi) is one of the leading research units in Finland in the area of software business and headed by Prof. Jussi Autere. Among other things, SBL is well known for its annual Finnish software industry survey OSKARI. The Laboratory also provides undergraduates education and postgraduate education leading to a Doctoral degree.
Outpost24 (outpost24.com) is the technology leader in on-demand vulnerability assessment and management solutions with over 1,000 corporate and government customers, including Travelex, Delta Lloyd Group, ING Life Limited, University of Helsinki, and Deloitte. Outpost24 is headquartered in Sweden with a global network of local sales offices.
Outpost24 delivers security solutions in a Software-as-a-Service (OUTSCAN® & OUTSCAN PCI®) or Appliance (HIAB®) form factor. Outpost24’s solutions provide fully automated network vulnerability scanning, easily interpreted reports, and vulnerability management tools. OUTSCAN PCI® is the ideal tool for businesses of all sizes to achieve and demonstrate PCI DSS compliance.