Cyber security mistakes are teaching us a lesson

In information security, 2014 was viewed by many as ‘the year of the data breach’, with high-profile data theft incidents making global news headlines on an almost daily basis.

However, infamy was reserved for two vulnerabilities that affected the vast majority of the Internet infrastructure and users: Heartbleed and Shellshock. The revelation that decades-old code was leaving consumers and businesses vulnerable to attack by cybercriminals shocked the IT security community and entered the public consciousness in a way that has never been seen before.

In the last 12 months the threat landscape expanded into the network infrastructure itself, with a multitude of hidden vulnerabilities revealed deep within the code base of age-old popular protocols like Bash, OpenSSL, SSLv3. The likes of Shellshock, Heartbleed and Poodle highlighted the brittle nature of infrastructure standards and pushed businesses into action to deploy rapid risk assessment and apply mitigation methods to prevent exploitation and data theft.

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Source: Techweek Europe

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