There has been significant growth in the volume of cyber crime targeting data centers and networks. Last year showed an increase of cyber attacks reported, and the discovery of vulnerabilities was at a standstill but remaining high in numbers.
This all coming from a newly published cybersecurity report by HP. One of the main findings was a dramatic increase of web exploit tool kits, which HP calls the top cyber-crime weapon. The toolkits are traded online and are used to access IT systems and in turn, valuable information and data are stolen.
The report also found that as soon as vulnerabilities were found and in the process of being fixed, new ones were compromised by cyber attacks. Third-party plugins to content management systems were found to be the No. 1 cause of web application vulnerabilities.
Web application vulnerabilities were shown to represent about half of all security vulnerabilities. Websites such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal were revealed to be the most-frequently attacked systems.
HP suggests reducing attacks by implementing improved security practices, keeping systems up-to-date and learning more about HP's digital Vaccine Labs. The lab is a research organization for vulnerability analysis and discovery.