Technologies and Sectors Most Vulnerable to Hacks

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 08-30-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Web developers reported that the government and financial sectors are the most vulnerable to hacks and that smart home (IoT) is the most vulnerable technology.
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    Government: 61%. Financial services: 50%. Media: 44%. Healthcare: 32%. Communications: 32%.
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    Smart home tech (IoT): 52%. Smart TVs: 42%. Web access and online services: 41%. Connected cars: 35%. ATMs: 34%. Artificial Intelligence (AI): 31%.
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    Russian hack of DNC: 47%. WannaCry: 32%. CIA security breach: 30%. Chipotle: 25%. OneLogin: 23%.
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    57% of respondents said democratic governments are vulnerable to hacks because political parties lack IT security expertise. 54% attributed that to outdated and potentially insecure polling equipment.
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    Increase background checks on volunteers and staffers: 52%. Political parties hire specialists: 47%. Governments allocate money to the problem: 45%.
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    41% of respondents said that governments should provide secure systems to political parties, but only 10% thought politicians communicating via email was a concern.
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    Lack of IT understanding: 57%. Lack of budget: 57%. Lack of concern: 39%. Cyber-security is too complicated: 30%.
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    Contact law enforcement: 55%. Assess the type of threat: 52%. Hire forensic specialists: 52%. Isolate parts of the network: 38%. Limit insider access to the investigation: 33%.
 

Web developers reported that the government and financial services are the two sectors that are most vulnerable to hacking, and that smartphone home IoT is the most vulnerable technology. The survey was conducted for web applications security provider Netsparker by Propeller Insights. "Because of recent election-related events, it's not surprising that developers and IT professionals have so little confidence in the ability of governments to prevent hacking," said Netsparker CEO Ferruh Mavituna. "But the reality is that all organizations and enterprises should take precautions to prevent data breaches." The survey respondents represented 101 American web developers who work in a wide range of industries, with the largest segment representing science, technology and programming businesses. The biggest demographic represented, with 43.6 percent of the respondents, fell between the ages of 25 and 34 years, followed by 27.7 percent who were between 35 and 44 years, and 15.8 percent who were between 18 and 24 years.

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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