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Seventh WhiteHat Security Statistics Report Provides Birdseye
View into Real-World Website Risks

With More Than 1,000 Sites Under Management, WhiteHat Further Extends its Leadership Position; Offers Greater Visibility into Website Risk Management

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 18, 2009 – WhiteHat Security, the leading provider of website risk management solutions, today released the seventh installment of the WhiteHat Website Security Statistics Report, providing a unique high-level perspective on the most prevalent website security issues using aggregate data from real-world production websites.  WhiteHat’s report reveals the top ten website vulnerabilities, a vertical market breakout and insight into the evolving threats facing organizations today.  WhiteHat recently reached 1,000 websites under management and because all assessments are conducted on production websites, businesses get a realistic view into attacks that can cause damage to their sites and also learn how to implement an effective website risk management program, reduce exposure and improve their overall security posture.

As the leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) website vulnerability assessment solution, WhiteHat has singular access to a vast sample of vulnerabilities in custom Web applications across vertical markets.  This unique perspective results in a report that presents the dominant website security issues affecting the enterprise today.  The data collected is the only in the industry that links attacks that are possible to what is actually probable. 

WhiteHat’s latest report contains data collected between January 1, 2006 and March 31, 2009, and finds 82 percent of websites have had a high, critical or urgent issue over their lifetime.  Currently, WhiteHat finds that 63 percent of websites have a high, critical or urgent issue, proving that the consistency, thoroughness and frequency of WhiteHat Sentinel assessments leads to a decrease in vulnerabilities and therefore a decrease in overall risk.  Of the 17,000 plus vulnerabilities identified, a little more than 7,000 remain open, which means that more than half (60 percent) have been closed.  Additionally, WhiteHat Sentinel’s SaaS offering arms organizations with the information they need to protect their brands, attain PCI Compliance and avoid costly and damaging breaches.

The top ten vulnerabilities remain largely unchanged, with Cross-Site Scripting continuing to top the list.  Business logic flaws, an often-overlooked issue that enables hackers to take advantage of the functionality of a site, occupied more than half of the top spots.  WhiteHat’s report also presents statistics showing that 70 percent of websites have at least one critical vulnerability, while another 63 percent fall into the high category.  

In addition, the report sheds light on the breadth of website security issues through its vertical market breakout.  Social Networking sites topped the list this time around with 82 percent having an urgent, critical or high severity vulnerability.  Education sites were bumped to the number two spot with 76 percent and IT came in a close third with 75 percent.

“One of the biggest takeaways from this report is that not all vulnerabilities are created equal, but many are very serious - leaving the door open to exploit sensitive information and cause some serious damage,” said Jeremiah Grossman, founder and chief technology officer at WhiteHat Security.  “Because the information in our report is the only one in the industry that looks at real production websites, we are able to provide businesses with unparalleled visibility into their website risk management posture.  We remain vigilant in helping businesses combat the constantly changing threat landscape and will continue to do our best to arm them with the necessary tools and data to protect their sites.”

The report statistics were gathered through the deployment of WhiteHat Sentinel, a SaaS-based website risk management solution.  With more than 1,000 sites under management, including many of the Fortune 500, WhiteHat has access to an unmatched amount of website security data, allowing the company to accurately identify which issues are the most prevalent.  WhiteHat Security uses the Web Application Security Consortium (WASC) Threat Classification as a baseline for classifying vulnerabilities and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) severity system to rate vulnerability severity.

WhiteHat founder Jeremiah Grossman will be hosting a webinar to reveal and analyze more of the report findings on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET.  For more information, visit WhiteHat’s site at www.whitehatsec.com and see the upcoming events section. 

About WhiteHat Security, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, WhiteHat Security is the leading provider of website security solutions that protect critical data, ensure compliance and narrow the window of risk.  WhiteHat Sentinel, the company’s flagship product family, is the most accurate, complete and cost-effective website vulnerability management solution available.  It delivers the flexibility, simplicity and manageability that organizations need to take control of website security and prevent Web attacks.  Furthermore, WhiteHat Sentinel enables automated mitigation of website vulnerabilities via integration with Web application firewalls. To learn more about WhiteHat Security, please visit our website at www.whitehatsec.com.

Contact:
Dawn van Hoegaerden 
WhiteHat Security
408.343.8314

Colleen Hayden
SHIFT Communications 
617-681-1256

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“One of the biggest takeaways from this report is that not all vulnerabilities are created equal, but many are very serious - leaving the door open to exploit sensitive information and cause some serious damage. Because the information in our report is the only one in the industry that looks at real production websites, we are able to provide businesses with unparalleled visibility into their website risk management posture.  We remain vigilant in helping businesses combat the constantly changing threat landscape and will continue to do our best to arm them with the necessary tools and data to protect their sites.”

Jeremiah Grossman
Founder and Chief Technology Officer
WhiteHat Security

 


 


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