The discovery of the Heartbleed and Shellshock “designer bugs” combined with insecure development practices let hackers compromise at least one billion records containing personally identifiable information (PII) in 2014.
According to IBM’s X-Force 2015 research report, data loss was highlighted as one of the fastest growing threats facing businesses. The UK was the second most breach-ridden nation in the world, accounting for 3.4 per cent of recorded security incidents. However, that figure pales in comparison to the US’s 70.5 percent share of incidents.
The researchers highlighted software vulnerabilities as one of the largest factors contributing to the growth. IBM detected 9,200 new security vulnerabilities affecting more than 2,600 vendors in the final quarter of 2014 – the highest increase ever recorded by IBM during the 18 years it has run the report.