Security specialist Trustwave’s in its latest report provides insights from 574 security incidents the company investigated. Surprisingly, 98 percent of the applications the security specialist scanned had at least one vulnerability. Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) encryption misconfiguration on servers topped the list of vulnerabilities Trustwave’s network vulnerability scanning systems detected most often. The research also showed that Adobe’s Flash is the most exploited application, with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer in second place and Oracle’s Java in third. Similarly, Intel Security’s first-quarter 2015 report found that Flash is the most exploited application in use today. Trustwave reported that factors contributing to exploitation vary across industries. For point-of-sale (POS) systems, weak passwords and remote-access security were contributing factors in 94 percent of breaches. In addition, organizations self-detected only 19 percent of the breaches Trustwave analyzed in 2014. This slide show examines key takeaways from the Trustwave report.

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