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Understanding the risks of content management systems

White Paper Published By: IBM
Published:  Oct 13, 2015
Type:  White Paper
Length:  8 pages

In today’s fast-paced business world—especially in retail, where products change daily, even hourly—there’s an ever-growing need for quick changes to web content. That used to be the responsibility of webmasters and coders who created HTML code, JavaScript modules and plugins on the fly, but therein lay a fundamental problem: a critically important task depended on a handful of people. The process had to be decentralized, so a new method was developed: the web content management system, or CMS.

Today’s most popular web CMS platforms are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. Together accounting for 75 percent of the market, it is common for one or more to be included as a standard feature of web hosting services. Their status attests to their popularity and effectiveness, but CMS platforms also have security issues. For example, one provider of WordPress security plugins found that 73 percent of all WordPress installations studied had unpatched vulnerabilities that could be easily detected with a freeware vulnerability scanner. It’s been argued that the figure could be overinflated because thestudy focused on a limited subset of WordPress installations. Nonetheless, cybercriminals quite plainly know that there are large numbers of unpatched installations on the web. That’s why they focus heavily on CMS-based sites.

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ibm, content management system, cms, platform, software development, enterprise applications, platforms, data management, business technology

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