Tuesday, January 10, 2006

PC Vulnerabilities Increase in 2005

Computer Emergency Response Team/CoordinationCenter (CERT/CC) has released statistics on the vulnerabilities reported since it was founded in 1995 and on the vulnerability notes and other documents it has published since then.

The data - available athttp://www.cert.org/stats/cert_stats.html - includes a significant increase in the number of security problems registered last year.

According to CERT/CC, in 2005, 5,990 vulnerabilities were reported compared to 3,780 in 2004.

What's more, last year it published 285 vulnerability notes and handled 624,634 email messages. It also published 104 National Cyber Alert System documents.

In total, since CERT/CC was set up in 1995 to 2005, it has reported 25,590 vulnerabilities.

Since last year, the advisories, incident notes and summaries published by CERT/CC are incorporated in National Cyber Alert System documents.

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