Secunia Yearly Report 2010 – Reducing the window of opportunity

By Niels Henrik Rasmussen

I am pleased to let you know that the Secunia Yearly Report 2010 is now available – moving forward with key findings and trends identified in our previous Half Year Report, to further investigate the evolution of the threat posed by vulnerabilities over the last six months of 2010.

Download the Secunia Yearly Report 2010 here.

Looking back on the feedback we received from you last year, I am happy to conclude that we have made a leap in the right direction. We have launched Auto Updating in the Secunia PSI 2.0 and have also integrated the Secunia CSI with Microsoft WSUS and SCCM for easy patch distribution; relieving you from the complexity and inconvenience of keeping your programs up-to-date and secure.

Vulnerabilities are still the ‘Achilles' Heel' of any modern IT system. Managing these vulnerabilities is therefore the primary means of reinforcing the strength of any PC and IT infrastructure, thus reducing the window of opportunity for cybercriminals to exploit vulnerable programs.

Unfortunately many users and IT administrators/security teams do not prioritise timely deployment of security updates and choose to ignore the risks due to:

  • Lack of complete inventory details
  • Patching is often regarded as a secondary security measure
  • Third-party programs are not yet perceived as the preferred attack vector by non-security staff
  • Security updates are complex to navigate and deploy

For the past eight years Secunia has worked to make Vulnerability Intelligence accessible, reliable, and actionable. With all that has been learnt over the past year, the top priority for all users in 2011 should be to reduce the risks of vulnerabilities by prioritising regular program updates, increasing awareness, and applying unified patching. It is our goal in 2011 to continue improving our solutions to help you keep up-to-date and secure.

I hope you enjoy reading the report, and find the observations and conclusions useful.

Patch & Stay Secure,

Niels Henrik Rasmussen