The report released today said that although this is the lowest figure in two years, companies are still at risk from year old vulnerabilities that various vendors have created upgrades.
Raoul Tecala, Dimension Data’s business development director for network integration, said: “There are certain vulnerabilities that have been around for many years which have not yet been fixed - despite vendors like Cisco Systems’ proactive approach to patch alerts and on-going software and system upgrades.”
The report, which aggregated data from companies globally, adds that it remains a challenge for IT managers to fully protect their companies with the best way to deal with the problem being constant software upgrades.
“It can be a daunting and challenging task to eliminate all vulnerabilities from large and complicated environments,” Tecala added.
“However, the disruption and effort required must be weighed against the potential impact and actions that must be taken. Although networks currently appear to have fewer vulnerabilities - the high percentage of devices carrying vulnerabilities will remain until the software is patched or upgraded to a newer, more secure version of code.”
Tecala advises the managers to address threats on devices that are closest to the internet saying they pose the greatest risk by being vigilant and implementing a regime to evaluate, prioritise and patch network vulnerabilities.