Developers are most wary of these technologies being hacked

Developers are most wary of these technologies being hacked

By | August 4th, 2017
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In a new survey by Netsparker Ltd., a provider of web applications

security, developers agreed that the government and financial services are

the two sectors most vulnerable to hacking and that smart home IoT is the

most vulnerable technology.


Developers are sounding the alarm: almost two-thirds (61 percent) feel that the government is vulnerable to hacking; another half (50 percent) say the financial services industry is the most vulnerable. This is followed by:

– Media: 44 percent
– Communications: 32 percent
– Healthcare: 31 percent
– Gaming: 29 percent
– Energy: 25 percent

In terms of vulnerable technologies, more than half (52 percent) of developers think IoT and smart home technologies are currently at the greatest risk, followed by:

– Smart TVs: 42 percent
– Web apps and online services: 41 percent
– Connected cars: 35 percent
– ATMs: 34 percent

When it comes to election hacking, developers are united in feeling that democratic governments are vulnerable to it because political parties lack IT/security expertise (57 percent) and because of outdated and potentially insecure polling equipment (54 percent).According to survey respondents, the ways to most effectively combat the risk include:

– Increasing background checks on volunteers and staffers: 52 percent
– Hiring specialists: 47 percent
– Federal governments allocating money to the problem: 45 percent

Another 40 percent believe that governments should provide secure systems to political parties; however, only 10 percent felt that politicians communicating over email was a concern.


Nisheeth Bhakuni