Copenhagen, Denmark - Apr 29, 2015 - Secunia, a leading provider of IT security solutions for vulnerability management, today published its latest batch of country reports for a total of 15 countries, including the US. The data in the US report shows that unpatched, vulnerable PDF readers are a big security issue for private PC users; that 14% of PC users in the US (up from 12.9% last quarter) have an unpatched operating system, and that Oracle Java yet again tops the list of applications exposing PCs to security risks.
Key findings in the US report include:
Secunia’s annual Vulnerability Review, published in March, identified that a total of 85% private users worldwide have a version of Adobe Reader installed on their PCs. The US report for Q1 corroborates the number. Kasper Lindgaard, Director of Research and Security at Secunia, comments on the issue: “It is worrying that, with such a high market share, one in five US users fail to patch their Adobe PDF reader. Considering the fact that PDF documents are a prominent attack vector used by hackers to gain entry into IT systems, users put themselves, and any system they are connected to, at risk by neglecting the security risk the popular reader represents when not maintained. It is paramount that users remember to patch their PDF readers, and that corporate IT teams have procedures in place to update all PDF readers on devices that are in any way connected to the company infrastructure,” says Lindgaard.
Vendors’ security updates are readily available; however, the average US user must master 27 different update mechanisms to ensure the latest patches are regularly applied. To simplify this process Secunia recommends users download its free Secunia PSI security tool, which has already been downloaded by more than 8 million private individuals globally to detect vulnerable programs and plug-ins. Once installed it can help PC users automatically patch vulnerable programs and stay secure. For patch management in a corporate environment, IT security teams can also subscribe to the Secunia CSI.
Secunia’s Q1 Country Reports are averages based on scans of PCs by the Secunia PSI between January 1 and March 31, 2015. It is safe to assume that Secunia PSI users are more secure than the average PC user, and therefore these figures can be considered conservative estimates.
You can download the report here.
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