Website Security Statistics 02/24/2020 — Marketing and Design Agencies

Last week we scanned 300 marketing and ad agency websites using our Website Safeguard technology. The scan was performed as an external scan. The results show a serious problem with the sites scanned.

The Scan showed that 35% of the site scanned had critical errors in the following areas:

Critical Errors

  • 2% OpenSSL out of date
  • 2% PHP out of date
  • 9% Web server out of date
  • 26% WordPress out of Date
  • 35% were blacklisted because of malware

Most sites unsurprisingly needed some security improvements. Security improvements while not technically security holes are areas where information could be gathered to assist in an exploit. 88% of the sites scanned needed some sort of security improvement in the following areas:

Missing Security Headers

  • 86% Content Sniffing
  • 80% Strict Transport Protocol
  • 88% Cross-site Scripting

Hardening Problems

  • 64% Directory listing enabled
  • 70% Trace Method enabled

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Jacob Billings
PhD Candidate - Complex Systems

I am a software engineer, linguist, and researcher of Complex Systems. I hold a bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Utah, a Master’s degree in linguistics from Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala City, and I am a doctoral candidate in Complex Systems at the Polytechnic University in Madrid, Spain.

Software Development: I bring over 20 years of experience in developing software for multiple clients in various environments. I have a solid knowledge of PHP, Javascript, MySQL, NoSQL, Python, and Java.

Over my career, I have had the opportunity to work on projects for some of the most recognized brands on the planet. Brands like Marriott Hotels, Microsoft, Ashland Chemical, Capital One Credit Cards, Cadbury Schweppes, GE and more. This has given me an in-depth understanding of my client's challenges as they grow. I know how to get a company from startup to maturity with technology. My specialties are in E-commerce(specifically Magento), process automation, and security.