Free Cyber Security Resource

All types of businesses and organizations are vulnerable to potential cyber attacks against their websites. Thankfully there is a new free resource to help protect Internet sites against hackers.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in collaboration with the Mitre Corporation, recently released the Common Weakness Enumeration version 2.0 (or CWE v2). The CWE v2 is a new online catalog of software weaknesses that can be exploited by hackers, including a list of the top 25 most dangerous weaknesses.

Created as part of a collaboration by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Mitre Corporation, CWE v2 was launched as part of the DHS’s Software Assurance Program.

This online resource of known software weaknesses is available for public use and will help software developers to build secure and limit vulnerabilities that can be potentially exploited.

Within the CWE v2, the Common Weakness Risk Analysis Framework (CWRAF) organizes the top priority exploitable weaknesses by business type, such as energy, public health, and telecommunications, to help software developers find information related to their specific needs.  Also included is the Common Weakness Scoring System (CWSS), which provides a tool to develop your own list of most critical weaknesses.

In addition to listing the top 25 technical software problems that hackers exploit, the CWE v2 has created a way to rank third-party software so that customers can see whether it meets necessary standards.

Find out more here: http://cwe.mitre.org/

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