The value of your vulnerabilities

A few months ago I discussed the sale of zero-day exploits. The Zero-day exploit trade is a new market; increasingly becoming larger each day, giving hackers an incentive to exchange perfectly legal, but secretive zero-day exploited information for a substantially greater commission than if they were to report the flaws or take on consulting positions.

Forbes’ estimated price list of zero-day exploits ranges from $5,000 – $250,000.  Pricing is based on the complexity, modernization, and how widely the target software is used.  Interestingly enough, Apple’s IOS falls in the highest price range.

It is clear that vulnerabilities carry a high price tag and many countries and hacker groups would like to purchase them.  To keep yourself safe, don’t rely only on a vendor’s security.  Create multiple layers of defense and audit activity on your equipment.



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Eric Vanderburg

Eric Vanderburg is an author, thought leader, and consultant. He serves as the Vice President of Cybersecurity at TCDI and Vice Chairman of the board at TechMin. He is best known for his insight on cybersecurity, privacy, data protection, and storage. Eric is a continual learner who has earned over 40 technology and security certifications. He has a strong desire to share technology insights with the community. Eric is the author of several books and he frequently writes articles for magazines, journals, and other publications.

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