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Vulnerabilities up nearly 20%, reveals new HP research group

Computerworld Philippines staff | April 16, 2013
HP has formed the HP Security Research (HPSR) organization, a new group that will provide actionable security intelligence through published reports, threat briefings and enhancements to the HP security product portfolio.

The report also finds that well-known web vulnerabilities remain prevalent in 2012. Four web vulnerability categories made up 40 percent of 2012 reports.

Vulnerabilities exploited by clickjacking are still ubiquitous. Less than 1 percent of URLs tested leverage standard mitigation after more than a decade.

Meanwhile, the rate of mobile vulnerabilities continues to increase rapidly. Mobile vulnerabilities rose 68 percent from 158 in 2011 to 266 in 2012. Forty-eight percent of mobile applications tested in 2012 gave unauthorized access.

In addition to the annual risk report, HPSR will publish reports that provide the most current security intelligence available, ensuring organizations understand and proactively respond to potential security threats. HPSR will deliver this research through bi-weekly threat briefings, as well as free summary briefings available to the public on HP's website and iTunes. Premium vertical- and client-specific briefings will be available to paid subscribers.

"Organizations need the latest in security research to effectively prevent, detect and combat the growing number of sophisticated threats," said Christopher Poulos, Vice President, General Manager, Enterprise Security Products, Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific and Japan. "HP empowers clients to address the most advanced threats by combining access to a global network of security experts and published research with the power of that expertise built directly into our products and services."


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