Opswat: Only 8% of orgs with web apps for file uploads have adequate cybersecurity

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Only 8% of organizations that have a web application to upload files implement adequate cybersecurity protocols against malicious attacks, according to a new Opswat report. Yet almost all of them (99%) are concerned (to some extent) about cyber threats.

Organizations are scrambling to digitally transform their businesses in response to market pressures and customer demands, which are widely embracing cloud services and collaboration and sharing platforms. However, the security of their web applications supporting file uploads and transfers has been left behind, which has been exacerbated by the epidemic.

In their 2021 Web Application Security Report, Opswat found that 87% of organizations are “extremely” or “too” concerned to upload a file as an attack vector for malware and cyber attacks, with 82% reporting an increase in concern last year.

When there is an awareness of the need to secure file uploads, only 8% implement the best practices of cybersecurity. 32% of organizations do not scan all file uploads to detect malicious files, and most people do not sanitize file uploads with Content Disarm and Reconstruction (CDR) to prevent unsolicited malware and zero-day attacks.

Opswate conducted web application security research that analyzed trends and gaps in cybersecurity criteria on file uploads. While web applications increase productivity and user experience, the file upload portal expands and introduces new attack surfaces. And, despite the increased concern about malware attacks and third-party risk, many organizations are not effectively protected.

The participants in the 302 global survey were independent IT security professionals who were responsible for a web application accepting at least 500 file uploads per day for companies with at least 250 employees. Survey topics include overall IT security, current file upload environment and external file upload security.

Read the full report by Opswat.

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