Browsers luck on reducing Supply Chain Vulnerabilities

What everyday digital devices could result in a security breach? Data stored on digital devices such as fax machines and routers must be securely destroyed to prevent it from getting into the wrong hands. The everyday devices that are susceptible to security breaches cost U.S. enterprises an average of $5.4 million per incident in 2012 (according to the Poneman Institute and the Cintas Corporation.) And it’s not only everyday devices that create vulnerabilities – security researchers demonstrated zero-day exploits against all four major browsers during the second day of the Pwn2Own 2014 hacking competition. While all four targeted browsers fell to researchers, Google was the only one to patch vulnerabilities within 48 hours after the hacking contest. While Google is the most responsive to defeat hackers, they were recently sued for scanning millions of students email messages  and allegedly building profiles to target advertising at them. Firefox was by far the least secure browser, racking up no less than four zero-day vulnerabilities. Testing by NSS Labs has found that IE 11 stands up to Pwn2Own exploit attempt, and Chrome lead the other two browsers by a wide margin.

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