Study Finds Most Security Threats Come From Just 10 Apps

26th February 2013

A recent study by Palo Alto Networks has found that 97% of all security threats sent across business networks came from just 10 applications, many of which were using the SSL security mechanism to obscure their activities.

The study reviewed over 3,000 enterprise networks worldwide, looking at applications in use over the network. It first looked at "social" apps in use, but found that, surprisingly, social networking and file sharing only accounted for a small proportion of security issues. It was internal business applications which proved to be a much bigger problem, with applications like Microsoft SQL and Server Message Block (SMB) rated as some of the largest risks.

Around 1,400 applications were investigated, with the findings that just nine business critical applications were responsible for 82% of all exploit logs.

At VPW we offer a range of Protection and Security Services designed to protect your small business and make sure you don't fall foul of security issues. From firewalls to secure your network to providing proactive server maintenance with desktop healthchecks, there's everything you need to avoid costly and damaging security issues, so if you want to make sure your business IT networks are secure, why not contact VPW the Exeter IT and computer support today?

Just give our team a call on 01392 950 950 for a straightforward helping hand

Image Credit: pvera (

<< Back to the Blog


IT Survey & Challenge Quiz!IT Survey & Challenge Quiz!

Are you getting the best out of your IT?

Take the Quiz

Popular VPWSYS Services:

Backup Services - From just £8.00 a month, affordable protection against loss of data
Domain Names - We provide Domain Name services from just £9.37 + VAT
Pre-Paid Support - On the phone and in person, and you're only charged for the time you use.