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News: Misconfiguration Accounts for 82% of Security Vulnerabilities

Srinivasan Jayaraman, Vulnerability Research Manager at Outpost24,
Organizations in the UK and Netherlands are more exposed to high-risk vulnerabilities than any others in Europe, with misconfiguration a major challenge, according to new data from Outpost24.

The security provider analyzed vulnerability data collected from over two million assets across 10 markets, over a 12-month period to November 2019. It looked at various parameters across this data including OWASP Top 10 and CWE weakness information.

It found that in the Netherlands, 50% of the vulnerabilities discovered were classified as high-risk, versus 43% in the UK. These were significantly higher than most other countries, aside from Brazil (47%).

Japan had the lowest number of high-risk vulnerabilities at less than 10%.

Unfortunately, organizations are giving attackers a helping hand by failing to mitigate these risks swiftly. The average time to patch is 105 days, while the average time for a bug to be identified and exploited has dropped to just 15 days.

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