Companies See Drop in Software Vulnerabilities

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According to reports from various firms, this year has seen a drop in numbers of both cyber attacks and flaws that have been used to attack businesses.

Symantec is reportedly expected to see a 30 percent drop in the total number of software vulnerabilities and a 10 percent drop in critical vulnerabilities. The firm could see the lowest level of vulnerabilities reported since 2005.

Reports show that companies are more aware of cyber attacks and have taken a more aggressive approach to protecting their business and information.

Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, for example, have re-built platforms with security features that make cyber attacks more difficult. Security researchers are working to develop industrial control systems, automotive systems and secure mobile devices.

Adobe is another firm that has seen a drop in vulnerabilities, thanks to security researchers. According to Adobe Senior Director Brad Arkin, the number of flaws reported in Flash Player have dropped by half and the number of flaws in Acrobat has dropped by two-thirds.

“What is very important to us is to drive the cost up of finding an exploit and making it more expensive,” said Arkin. “This is our big effort and our big focus.”

Microsoft has seen the number of its vulnerabilities in 2011, fall to its lowest levels. The company’s trustworthy computing initiative, established in 2002, is credited with helping to eliminate vulnerabilities in its software.

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