The Dangers of Open-Source Vulnerabilities, and What You Can Do About It

    Date19 Aug 2019
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    Posted ByBrittany Day

    Neglecting basic security practices exposes companies to long-standing security threats. Learn what you can do to mitigate the risk that security vulnerabilities pose to your business:

    Currently, about 96 percent of the applications in the enterprise market use open-source software. On the one hand, this makes development easier for both developers and third-party vendors. On the other hand, it presents risks and exposes some die-hard vulnerabilities. 

    The reason behind the open-source vulnerability relies exactly on its openness, as the same code is seen by all users, including attackers. Therefore, once they find an exploit or flaw, they will use it to cause harm, retrieving sensitive data from systems that have not been updated. Attackers can lurk inside a network for months undetected, as happened with the Equifax breach in 2017, which exposed 145 million customers due to outdated software.

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