Ninety percent of critical Microsoft Windows vulnerabilities can be mitigated by eliminating computer administrator rights, according to the security vendor BeyondTrust. Most computers should be given “standard user” privileges, the report states.
At least 70 percent of devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) are vulnerable to attack, according to a report from Hewlett-Packard’s security unit Fortify, released in July. The study analyzed a range of IoT devices, from remote power outlets to home alarms and even sprinkler controllers. According to the study, vulnerabilities include weak passwords, insecure password recovery mechanisms, and poorly protected credentials.