Almost three quarters of IT professionals believe that their software applications are vulnerable to hacking.
In a Fortify Software survey of 300 IT security professionals, forty six per cent believe that hacking at the application level is the easiest way into a company with five per cent reporting that between 76 per cent and 100 per cent of hacks are targeted at applications.
Twenty six per cent also said that they had been victim to at least one instance of hacking in the last twelve months.
Barmak Meftah, senior vice president of products and technologies at Fortify Software, said: “Today, such an informed audience shouldn't be citing security concerns as bottom of anyone's mind or worse not considered a priority.
“Businesses really should be looking to alleviate the security risks in their applications and achieve software security assurance so that they don't have to face the expense and embarrassment of being hacked.”