Tag: Outdated

13
Oct
2020
Posted in software

Half of all virtual appliances have outdated software and serious vulnerabilities

Virtual appliances are a popular way for software vendors to distribute their products to enterprise customers as they contain all the necessary pre-configured software stacks their applications need to function and can be deployed in public clouds or private data centers with ease. Unfortunately, enterprises are at risk of deploying images that are vulnerable out-of-the-box according to a new study. It found that many vendors, including well-established ones, do a poor job of patching flaws and updating the software components in their virtual appliances.

Few virtual appliances get good security grades  

Orca Security, a cloud security company, scanned more than 2,200 virtual appliance images from 540 vendors that were being distributed through the public marketplaces of common cloud platforms including VMware, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. The appliances were both commercial and free-to-use, contained both proprietary software and open-source, and were supplied by both security and non-security vendors.

The company created a scoring system from 0 to 100 that took into account whether the appliances were running supported or no longer supported operating system versions, contained one or more of 17 high-profile and high-risk vulnerabilities such as Heartbleed, EternalBlue and DirtyCOW, contained one or more other vulnerabilities rated above CVSS 9 (critical), or had one or more vulnerabilities rated between CVSS 7 and 9.

A grading system from A+ (exemplary) to F (failed) was also used. A virtual appliance would automatically fail the test if it had an unsupported operating system, contained four of the 16 high-profile vulnerabilities, had 20 or more flaws with CVSS 9 and higher, had 100 or more flaws with CVSS 7 to 9, or had more than 400 unique vulnerabilities. Fifteen percent of the tested appliances received an F and the lowest recorded score was 6 out of 100. Another

06
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

88 Percent of Businesses Rely on Outdated Methods for Order Management According to Study Commissioned by Perficient

Intelligent Fulfillment Drives Customer Service and Boosts Return on Inventory Investment

Perficient, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRFT) (“Perficient”), the leading global digital consultancy transforming the world’s largest enterprises and biggest brands, today released the results of a study evaluating the utilization and benefits of intelligent order management systems (OMS) and automated supply chains among U.S. companies.

For the September 2020 Forrester Opportunity Snapshot study, Get Supply Chain Right: Intelligent Fulfillment Boosts Customer Service and Return on Inventory Investment, Forrester Consulting surveyed more than 200 inventory management decision makers based in the U.S. about their intelligent order management practices and rate of adoption. Many respondents reported having an intelligent fulfillment system in place for managing supply chains and fulfilling orders. In practice, however, the study found that 88 percent of companies rely on at least one manual or rules-based process, which demonstrates a gap between respondents’ perception of intelligent ordering and their established practices.

“As online sales continue to soar, companies are failing to match the growth in demand by depending on antiquated methods to fulfill orders. This leads to lost time, revenue, and customers,” said Sean Breeze, director of management consulting, Perficient. “Fulfillment infrastructures are complex, and they require sophisticated order allocation to fulfillment centers for rapid delivery. Intelligent ordering systems can help companies adequately balance demanding service expectations with inventory holding costs across a large distribution network.”

The study also found that firms base their operational strategies and decision-making on metrics that distort incentives, citing a preference to secure the lowest unit cost by buying in bulk, rather than accurate demand forecasting, improved customer service, or return on inventory investment.

Companies that invest in optimization strategies to overcome their inventory management challenges report strong results. Specifically, the study found that the top benefits have the clearest ties to business