US retail apps more exposed than EU counterparts

The web applications used by US retailers are at risk than those of EU firms, despite being more modern.

The findings came from cyber analyst Output24 in research entitled: “2020 Web Application Security for Retail & E-commerce Report

The report found US retailers were running more publicly exposed web applications (3,357) compared to EU retailers, which ran fewer applications (2,799).

Despite having a smaller attack surface, EU retailers had a higher percentage of applications using old components that contained vulnerabilities (27%) as opposed to their American rivals (22%).

The threat was judged against the following attack vectors: security mechanisms, page creations methods, degree of distribution, authentication, input vectors, active contents and cookies.

Stephane Konarkowski, security analyst at Outpost24, said: “How the web application is built and developed is a key risk indicator if you know where to look. Our research shows the complexity of modern-day applications and the need for retail organizations to understand their attack surface and risk levels. To avoid data breach and the loss of customer trust and revenue, retailers must address security hygiene as an essential step to protect their web applications and ensure the attack surface is kept at a minimum through continuous assessment.”

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