Lack of customer awareness drives poor security standards

Today, hacking is big business. Everything from power plants and prison cells  to toys, cars and baby monitors can be hacked.

There are a multitude of sites on the Internet showing hacked web cams and even an Internet-connected fridge has been accused of sending spam.

Hacking demonstrations are freely available on the web, as are exploit kits that can be used by almost anyone.

Web applications are prone to many vulnerabilities because of inadequate testing and security features.

Many companies just don’t think about security when they release a product, forfeiting security for a fast, cheap route to market.

And manufacturers have been getting away with poor security practices because customers are not yet security-conscious enough to demand a security guarantee when buying a product.

98 % have had their web applications compromised

A survey of almost 600 IT professionals reveals that 98% of organisations have had their web applications compromised over the past 12 months. Only 2% of respondents said their web applications had not been compromised.

It’s good news, then, that Internet-connected devices are being put to the test at events like DEF CON.

In the meantime, it’s safe to say that no business can get away with being lax about web application security.

If the above are not enough reasons to get your website tested, read these five reasons to test your websites now.

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