Security teams were under siege last year, according to research analyzing 2020 NIST data on common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) that found more security flaws – 18,103 – were disclosed in 2020 than in any other year to date.

To understand the significance, there were far more “critical” and “high severity” vulnerabilities in 2020 (10,342) than the total number of all vulnerabilities recorded in 2010 (4,639), according to Redscan, which ran the analysis of NIST’s National Vulnerability Database (NVD). And, nearly 4,000 vulnerabilities disclosed in 2020 can be described as “worst of the worst” – meeting the worst criteria in all NVD filter categories

“The trend lines are clear,” said Yaniv Bar-Dayan, co-founder and CEO of Vulcan Cyber. “Vulnerability management is the biggest game of whack-a-mole facing the IT security profession today. Businesses will lose the game unless they have a strategy to address the crush before it is too late.”

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