Lax Controls Leave Fortune 500 Overexposed On the Net

Large companies are leaving easy-to-exploit systems exposed on the public Internet, raising the risk of a serious future compromise, according to data from two cybersecurity firms.

Rapid7 found that the average Fortune 500 firm had approximately 500 servers and devices connected to the Internet, with five- to 10 systems exposing Windows file-sharing or Telnet services. Fifteen out of the 21 industry sectors on which Rapid7 collected data had at lease one member allowing public access to a Windows file-sharing service. Both Rapid7’s report and an earlier report by security monitoring firm BitSight found that larger firms were likely to have self-inflicted holes in their defenses.

Read more about the findings of the two reports on DarkReading.