February 12, 2007 Alex Woodie
2006 was a record year for security vulnerabilities, with an average of 20 new flaws discovered every day. But brace yourself for 2007, as cyber criminals grow more sophisticated, requiring more vigilance by companies, according to a recent report issued by IBM‘s Internet Security Systems (ISS) X-Force research and development team.
There is a caveat to the vulnerability figures listed in the paragraph above. While the number of newly discovered vulnerabilities jumped 40 percent in 2006 compared to 2005-that’s 7,247 vulnerabilities compared to 5,176–the rate of “high impact” vulnerabilities decreased somewhat, from accounting for 28 percent of all vulnerabilities