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UK firms' Security Flaws an Open Door to Hackers

Come, play merry hell with our networks… Top UK corporates have cleaned up their security act but are still vulnerable because of their bad housekeeping, according to an auditor’s report. High-risk vulnerabilities have dived to six per cent from 19 per cent in 2001, according to the Fifth Annual Security Audit from NTA Monitor, which analysed more than 600 of its perimeter tests carried out for government and financial clients last year. But at least a third of corporate networks were found to have 10 or more flaws leaving them open to attack by hackers. The most common security risks relate to basic mistakes in firewall management and the configuration of VPN services, allowing the VPN to be located and profiled, according to Kevin Foster, strategy manager at NTA Monitor. “A third of the companies we examined were guilty of bad security housekeeping, with unacceptable levels of basic flaws found, leaving them vulnerable to external attack. Companies seem to be getting complacent about lower-risk flaws that they previously had under control,” he said. Full Story

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