A year after it was discovered, the Heartbleed encryption exploit continues to be a major threat to hundreds of large enterprises around the world.
This is according to a new report from US-based security vendor Venafi, which scanned the public-facing servers of over 1,600 companies from the Forbes Global 2000 index.
It found that just under three-quarters (74 per cent) were still vulnerable to the bug, which allows hackers to steal data by reading more information than would normally possible during encrypted transactions.
According to the report, the figure has gone almost unchanged since Heartbleed’s discovery, with 76 per cent of enterprises having been exposed to the bug in April 2014.
This demonstrates a significant failing on the part of the Global 2000 to protect and manage key data on their customers, leading Venafi chief executive Jeff Hudson to claim that “a major alarm needs to be sounded” on the persistently high number of unpatched hosts.
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